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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2606

    A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' VASE AND COVER

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    A MAGNIFICENT IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' VASE AND COVER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Exquisitely carved in relief to each side of the flattened vase with a medallion enclosing full-faced dragon coiled around a 'flaming pearl' and encircled by the eight Buddhist emblems, bajixiang amidst lush overlapping tendrils, the waisted neck and side of the domed cover carved on each side with a full lotus bloom flanked by stylised serrated leaves, the design repeated around the sides of the cover which is surmounted by a knop finial, the neck flanked by a pair of mythical beast mask handles suspending loose rings, all supported on a splayed rectangular foot, the foot and neck bordered by keyfret bands, the material is of a highly polished even white tone
    11 in. (28 cm.) high


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    The closest published example appears to be a white jade vase on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art illustrated in The Bishop Collection. Investigations and Studies in Jade, edited by George F. Kunz, New York, 1996, an illustration of which was an illustration of which was reproduced by Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November, lot 1887. Although there are slight differences in the design, the Bishop vase and the present vase share the same representation of the Bajixiang encircling a full-face dragon.

    Compare also a white jade covered vase of the same shape and decoration but with handles suspending loose rings in the Tianjin Museum Collection, illustrated by M. Tregear and S.Vainker, Art Treasures in China, New York, 1993, p.257; and another example included in the 75th Anniversary Exhibition of Post-Archaic Chinese Jades from Private Collections, S Marchant & Son, London, 2007, Catalogue, no.14. A white jade 'dragon' vase similarly decorated but lacking its cover was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 May 2008, lot 1601.

    Provenance

    Sir John Buchanan Jardine, Bt.
    Messrs Spink & Son, London, December 1946
    E.J.C. Vint


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE VINT FAMILY COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    London, International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, 1935, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 2839