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    Sale 2622

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2605

    AN IMPERIAL WHITE JADE OCTAGONAL BOWL

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    AN IMPERIAL WHITE JADE OCTAGONAL BOWL
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The shallow vessel magnificently carved in low relief around the eight facets encircling the exterior with shaped rectangular panels containing the Eight Buddhistic Emblems, bajixiang, comprising the endless knot, the conch shell, the lotus, the vase, the paired fish, the canopy, the wheel of law and the umbrella, each of the panels separated at the top and base by small ruyi heads, the bowl flanked on either side by elaborately detailed dragon heads suspending grooved loose ring handles flanked by stylized phoenix and ruyi scroll, all supported on four rectangular tab feet, the finely polished interior and base left plain
    9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) wide


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    A number of censers of comparable size and design have been published reflecting the Qing emperors' strong interest in tantric Buddhism. Compare a circular censer decorated in shallow relief with the Eight Buddhist Emblems illustrated by R. Keverne, Jade, London, 1991, p. 150, fig. 52. However, the elaborate handles and unusually detailed grooved loose rings on the present censer are extremely rare and indicate the very highest quality imperial workmanship.

    The Eight Buddhist Emblems, and a brief suggestion of their meaning, are as follows:
    the Wheel of Law (fulun), the inexorable expansion of The Buddha's teaching; the Conch Shell (luo), majesty, felicitous journey, the voice of the Buddha; the Umbrella (san), spiritual authority, reverence, purity; the Canopy (gai), royal grace; the Lotus (hua), purity, truthfulness in adversity; the Vase (ping), Eternal harmony, the receptacle for lustral water, the nectar of immortality; the Paired Fish (shuangyu), conjugal happiness, fertility, protection, spritual liberation; the Endless Knot (panchang), eternity.

    Provenance

    The Yuanmingyuan, 1860 by repute
    Sir George Leon Collection (1875-1947)
    Messrs. Spink & Son, November 1943
    E.J.C. Vint


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE VINT FAMILY COLLECTION