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    Sale 2238

    Masterworks of Ancient and Imperial China

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 566

    A PAIR OF FINE WHITE JADE BOWLS

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FINE WHITE JADE BOWLS
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    Each with well-carved, deep rounded sides rising from a thick ring foot and flaring slightly beneath the neatly beveled rim, the smoothly polished translucent stone of very pale greenish-white color
    5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) diam., stands (2)


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    Compare the 18th century white jade bowl illustrated by M. Knight et. al., in Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2007, p. 129, no. 113, where the authors note that the thin walls of the vessel highlight the translucency of the material and the purity of its color, two characteristics shared with its porcelain prototypes. See, also, a similar greenish-white jade bowl dated to the 18th century in the Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, illustrated by A. Forsyth and B. McElney in Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, 1994, p. 405, no. 340.

    Two pairs of white jade bowls were sold in our Hong Kong rooms. The first pair, dated to the Qianlong period, with similar, slightly everted edge and of closely related size, was sold 30 October 2000, lot 651; and the second pair of slightly larger size, sold 26 April 2004, lot 1116.