• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2267

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 407

    A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC ZUN-SHAPED VASE

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC ZUN-SHAPED VASE
    18TH CENTURY
    Of oval section, with raised notched flanges along the narrow sides and each main side to divide the taotie masks on the flared neck, the central section and the spreading pedestal foot, the stone of very pale greenish-grey tone with some sparse russet patches
    9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) high


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The inspiration for both the shape and decoration of the present lot is taken from ancient Chinese ritual bronze vessels. The petals on the neck contain motifs derived from the kui dragons of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, and the central and lower sections are carved with Qing interpretations of ancient taotie masks. While this vessel was undoubtedly part of the fashion for archaism in the 18th century, it also demonstrates the skill with which the Qing craftsman adapted an archaic style to a different technology and aesthetic.

    Compare a Qianlong-marked green jade fanggu with petals on the spreading neck and foot, and also carved with a taotie mask amidst notched flanges on the waist, illustrated by Yang Boda, et. al., A Romance with Jade: From the De An Tang Collection, Beijing, 2004, p. 187, no. 122.

    Provenance

    The House of Jade, New York, October 1959.