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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2604

    AN EXQUISITE WHITE JADE TEAPOT AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    AN EXQUISITE WHITE JADE TEAPOT AND COVER
    QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    The well-hollowed teapot of tapering rectangular section supported on a conforming low waisted foot, delicately carved in shallow relief to each side with blossoming peony branches below a lipped rim, flanked by an angular spout and rounded handle, the tiered cover surmounted by a reticulated qilong finial, the stone of an exceptionally well-polished even creamy white tone with very minor russet markings cleverly incorporated into the design
    7 1/4 (18.5 cm.) wide


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    Imperial white jade teapots appear to be very rare and no other teapot of this form and design appears to have been published. A number of jade teapots and wine ewers are in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing. Compare four examples of differing forms illustrated in Jadeware (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of The Palace Museum, Hong Kong 1995, pp.257-262, pl. 212-215. Another white jade globular teapot is illustrated by S. C. Nott, The Flowery Kingdom, New York, 1947, pl. CXIV.

    See also the white jade teapot sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 and 30 October 2001, lot 704; an unusual Imperial teapot with a Jiaqing mark sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1419; and a white jade teapot sold at Christie's Paris, 14 June 2004, lot 107.

    The simple, uncrowded design on the sides of the present teapot relates to designs and liberal use of space found on Yongzheng ceramics. The sparseness and subtlety of the design is also intended to place emphasis on the beauty of the near flawless material.

    Provenance

    Merrs. Spink & Son, London, November 1943
    E.J.C. Vint


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE VINT FAMILY COLLECTION