17 March 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 245,000
Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000
AN ARCHAISTIC BLACK-SPECKLED WHITE JADE EWER
LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH-17TH CENTURY
The body is well carved around the sides with a raised band of archaistic dragon scroll between rope-twist borders interrupted in front by a monster mask and at the opposite end by a strap handle incised with scrolls through which slithers a large chilong, its head emerging at the rim opposite a small chilong that has crawled from the top of the handle to the rim. Two dragons carved in low relief on either side below the rim are confronted below the spout, and the oblong pedestal foot is encircled by two rope-twist bands and has a border of incised key fret. The semi-translucent stone is of warm white color and suffused with black speckling.
6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) long, box, wood stand
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The Property of a Lady; Christie's London, 15 June 1998, lot 236.