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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1545

    AN IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'CHAMPION' VASE

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPERIAL WHITE JADE 'CHAMPION' VASE
    QIANLONG SIX-CHARACTER FANGGU MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Composed of a pair of tall cylinders joined by an eagle with outspread wings standing on the head of a crouching bear-like beast, the tail and hind of each creature emerging between the vases at the rear, each cylinder decorated in low relief with kui dragons between archaistic scrolls, the semi-translucent stone with small areas of opaque inclusions
    3½ in. (9 cm.) high


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    This vase originally formed part of a collection of materials acquired, by strong family tradition from the Summer Palace, Beijing, in 1860. A gilt tag sold with another lot in the same collection was inscribed 'Palais de Yuen-Ming-Yuen, Octobre 1860", and suggests that the individual who acquired these pieces was Aide de Camp to the leader of the French expeditionary force to China.

    While the form of this piece has its origins in the same archaic shape as lot 1547 from the present sale, the current example is more faithful to the original Han dyansty bronze design and jade examples from the Song dynasty. For a Han dynasty inlaid bronze stand of this form, see J. Rawson, Chinese Jades, London, 1995, p. 387, fig. 4. As is the case in the current example, the Han and Song dynasty prototypes had no cover. The minutely cross-hatched ground of the scroll bands is reminiscent of the those on an archaistic cup from the Gerald Godfrey Collection dated to the Song/Ming dynasty, sold at Chrisite's Hong Kong , 30 October 1995, lot 904. Interesting a further Song dyansty example in the St. Louis Art Museum is illustrated by J. Watt, Chinese Jades from the Han to the Ch'ing,p. 156, no. 128 and bears remarkable decorative similarities to the present vase, as does another vase dated to the 13-15th century from the Burrell Collection included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1975, Catalogue no. 319.

    Provenance

    Summer Palace, Beijing by repute


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no.72


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, March 13-26, 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004