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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1501

    A RARE PALE CELADON JADE WATERPOT

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE PALE CELADON JADE WATERPOT
    MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

    With steep sides rising to a rounded shoulder and oval everted mouth, carved in high relief around the sides with three vigorous contorted chilong, each grasping a ruyi in its mouth, their front paws resting on a band of cloud scrolls encircling the shoulder of the waterpot, all resting on a ruyi cloud apron foot, the recessed base unusually carved with two bats in flight amidst clouds
    5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) wide, stand


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    The vitalitly of the dragons depicted on this waterpot typifies the free carving of the late Ming dyansty which would become more restictive and formailsed with the advent of the Qing dynasty.

    No other waterpots of this form appear to have been published. Cf. similar carving on two cups with dragon handles in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Treasures of the Palace Museum - Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 248-249, nos. 191 and 192; compare also another two handled cup in the Gerald Godfrey Collection, sold in these Rooms, 30 October 1995, lot 898.

    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 50


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003-December 2004