20 September 2002
PROPERTY FROM A CALIFORNIA ESTATE
A FINE WHITE JADE BOWL AND COVER
Qianlong period (1736-1795)
The rounded sides raised on a shallow spreading pedestal foot and well carved in low relief with four of the Buddhist Emblems (bajixiang) tied with fluttering ribbons set within strap borders conjoined by squared rings enclosing the character xiang, the domed cover carved with the remaining four Buddhist Emblems separated by the character ji within similar borders below the reticulated cushion-form knop carved with a coiled dragon clutching a flaming pearl, the translucent stone of even color with some added russet coloring; an inscription on a paper label inside the cover reads: Jade vases from Summer Palace - Near Pekin presented to Sir John Michel by his Division - 1861.
8½in. (21.5cm.) diam., stand
Sotheby's, New York, 9 October 1987, lot 150.
Christie's, New York, 2 December 1993, lot 74, from an American Private Collection.
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