A FINELY CARVED PALE GREYISH-WHITE JADE RHYTON, GONG
A FINELY CARVED PALE GREYISH-WHITE JADE RHYTON, GONG
1 More
CHINESE JADES FROM THE COLLECTION OF T. EUGENE WORRELL
A FINELY CARVED PALE GREYISH-WHITE JADE RHYTON, GONG

LATE MING-QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY

Details
A FINELY CARVED PALE GREYISH-WHITE JADE RHYTON, GONG
LATE MING-QING DYNASTY, 17TH-18TH CENTURY
The rhyton is carved with zoomorphic features, including two curved feet, a tail, and a handle in the shape of a bifurcated tail. The sides are decorated with three lively chilong in high relief and taotie masks and archaistic scroll in low relief. The stone is of a greyish-white tone with russet inclusions.
5 3/8 in. (13.8 cm.) high
Exhibited
Charlottesville, Worrell Family Offices Gallery, 2004-2022.

Brought to you by

Rufus Chen (陳嘉安)
Rufus Chen (陳嘉安) Head of Sale, AVP, Specialist

Lot Essay

Archaistic jade rhytons of this type have their antecedents in jade rhytons of Han dynasty date, such as the example from the Han dynasty tomb of the King of Nanyue, illustrated by J. Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 70, fig. 61. This Han jade vessel (18.4 cm.) is in the shape of a horn that rises from a twisted, bifurcated tail-form handle at the bottom, and is incised around the sides with scroll decoration. By the Song and Ming dynasties, and into the Qing dynasty, this shape was modified and the sides were carved with bands of decoration inspired by that found on bronzes and jades of Eastern Zhou dynasty, as well as Han dynasty, date, often with the addition of chilong carved in high relief.

More from Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

View All
View All