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    Sale 7581

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    13 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    A VERY RARE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC VESSEL AND COVER, GUANG

    QIANLONG (1736-95)

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    A VERY RARE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC VESSEL AND COVER, GUANG
    QIANLONG (1736-95)
    In the form of an archaic bronze guang, the pouring vessel of an oval cross-section, decorated in shallow and high relief on each side of the rounded body with a slender archaistic phoenix, the slightly waisted neck with a flaming pearl to one side below a protruding lip at one end in the form of a large and elaborate beast head suspending a loose-ring, the scroll-form handle entwined with a chilong clambering up over the rim, all supported on a stepped spreading foot, the domed cover with two further chilong flanking a floral finial, the well-polished stone of an even pale celadon-white tone with some very minor white inclusions
    7 7/8 in. (19.8 cm.) high


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    A white jade vessel of similar form is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1997, no. 20.

    The bronze vessel from which the present lot takes inspiration is the guang; archaic examples would normally have been accompanied by a cover in zoomorphic form. Early bronze vessels dated to 11th/10th century B. C. are illustrated by W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, pls. 31a and 31b. It is the ultimate testament of a consumate master craftsman to have been able to conceive and combine elegant form with confident subtly defined motifs, working the pure white raw material to its best and fullest advantage.

    For a spinach jade 'dragon-tail' guang with the exterior carved as a dragon and inscribed with a Qianlong poem eulogising archaism, dated to A.D. 1787, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Zhongguo Meishu Quanji, vol. 9, no. 318; another spinach jade guang without inscription in the National Palace Museum, Taibei, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, p. 127.

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    Provenance

    The Général Omer Blot Collection