A WHITE JADE ‘KUI DRAGON’ VASE AND COVER
A WHITE JADE ‘KUI DRAGON’ VASE AND COVER
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A WHITE JADE ‘KUI DRAGON’ VASE AND COVER

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

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A WHITE JADE ‘KUI DRAGON’ VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
The flattened baluster body is carved on each side with a wan symbol between a pair of coiled archaistic kui dragons, above a large ruyi head enclosing a shou character, below archaistic C-shaped scrolls. The shoulders are flanked by a pair of S-shaped handles carved with a chevron pattern. The cover is carved with archaistic scrolls surmounted by an openwork finial with six flanges supporting a flowerhead. The stone is of an even, white tone with a slight greenish tinge and small areas of pale russet specks.
10 3/8 in. (25.8 cm.) overall height
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910

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Lot Essay

The present vase is particularly well-hollowed and the stone is exceptionally even in tone. A white jade vase of similar form and size, also carved with archaistic motifs and S-shaped handles, was exhibited at National Museum of History, Jade: Ching Dynasty Treasures, Taipei, cat. no. 105.
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