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A GREENISH-WHITE JADE QUAIL-FORM BOX AND COVER
A GREENISH-WHITE JADE QUAIL-FORM BOX AND COVER

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A GREENISH-WHITE JADE QUAIL-FORM BOX AND COVER
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The plump bird is carved with rows of feathers that form scalloped edges across the breast and tail where the rims of the cover and box meet, with legs tucked under the body. The semi-translucent stone is of a greenish-white color.
4¼ in. (11.4 cm.) long
Provenance
Private European collection, formed in the mid-20th century.

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The subject of the quail enjoyed popularity, particularly during the Qing period, as its name anquan is a pun on the word for 'peace' (an). A very similar white jade quail-form box and cover in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, vol. 6, Qing, Beijing, 1991, p. 69, no. 106.

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