RARE VASE EN AGATE SCULPTEE
RARE VASE EN AGATE SCULPTEE

CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIIEME SIECLE

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RARE VASE EN AGATE SCULPTEE
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIIEME SIECLE
Il est sculpté en forme de carpe à tête de dragon jaillissant des flots, sa gueule béante formant l'ouverture du vase. Ses écailles sont finement sculptées. Un poisson plus petit est figuré à ses côtés. La pierre blanc et corail présente quelques inclusions plus foncées. Le socle en bois est sculpté de tiges et fleurs de lotus jaillissant des flots, canards, poissons et tortue ; petits accidents.
Hauteur: 18,1 cm. (7 1/8 in.), socle en bois
Provenance
The Collection of Mr Lucien Allez, Paris, acquired in the French art market between 1910 and 1930 and since then in the family by descent
Post lot text
A RARE CARVED AGATE 'DRAGON-FISH' VASE
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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Lot Essay

This auspicious imagery is symbolic of the mythical legend of the carp reaching the upper courses of the Yellow River and leaping up the rapids at Dragon Gate where it transforms into a dragon. This feat is compared to success in the state examinations and the transformation from carp to dragon symbolises a promotion to the highest rank as an official.
This type of carved agate 'dragon-fish' groups are rare. See a similar example carved in yellow jade and sold by Sotheby's Paris, 15th December 2011, lot 194.
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