The exceptional translucency of the nearly flawless stone of the present lot has been enhanced by the lack of surface decoration, resulting in a fine and understated elegance. This bowl follows the classic shape of its porcelain counterparts, which was an ideal form that complemented the purity of the white jade.
Compare with other examples of white jade bowls, similarly undecorated to show off the quality of the stone; an 18th century pair with covers, exhibited by S. Bernstein & Co. Oriental Art, Chinese Jade From Distant Centuries, San Francisco, 1992, no. 39; and another pair without covers, dated to the Qianlong period and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 October 2000, lot 651, where the shape is compared with that of an Imperial yellow Qianlong period porcelain bowl. See, also, the similar pair of Jiaqing-marked white jade bowls and covers from the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28 November 2006, lot 1393.