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    Sale 2269

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

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 625

    A RARE WHITE JADE BOWL AND COVER

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE WHITE JADE BOWL AND COVER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Well carved with thick, steep walls rising from the foot ring to the slightly flared rim with flattened outer edge, the domed cover with everted knop finial, the semi-translucent stone of even tone, the base with incised six-character Qianlong mark
    5½ in. (14 cm.) diam., wood stand


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    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.

    Provenance

    Alan & Simone Hartman Collection, 1986.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    Texas Collects Asia, The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 12 July - 28 September 2008, p. 25.