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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2607

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL

    Price Realised  

    AN EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE IMPERIAL WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The shallow rounded sides supported on six ruyi-form tab feet and rising to a squared everted rim, flanked on either side by large elaborately carved butterfly handles suspending loose rings, their outstretched wings and long curling antennae spanning the flattened rim, the well-polished stone of an even semi-translucent white tone
    13¼ in. (34 cm.) wide


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    Very few bowls of this remarkably large size appear to have been published and the original boulder would have been of a considerable size. Two slightly smaller white jade marriage bowls have been sold at auction. The first from the Dexingshuwu Collection, measuring 31.7 cm. wide, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 2004, lot 1226; the second from the R.H.R. Palmer Collection, measuring 32 cm. wide, was sold at Bonhams London, 7 November 2005, lot 168.

    This type of vessel is known as a 'marriage' bowl, and such bowls, with their carefully chosen auspicious decoration were popular at the Imperial Qing court.

    Handles on marriage bowls are most commonly carved as bats or dragons, however the unusual use of the butterflies on the current bowl is highly auspicious on a number of different levels and is an appropriate symbol to complement the use of this bowl as a marriage gift. The two handles depicting butterflies facing one another signify the joyful meeting between a man and wife. Another example of a marriage bowl with butterfly handles from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007.

    Provenance

    Sir John Buchanan-Jardine, Bt.
    Messrs.Spink & Son, London, December 1946
    E.J.C. Vint


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE VINT FAMILY COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    London, International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, 1935, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 2809