30 May 2005
AN IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE 'DOUBLE-DRAGON' SEAL
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The square seal platform surmounted with a mythical double-headed beast carved recumbent with a scaly body, the base carved in intaglio, zhuwen, with four characters, Wanquan Zhuangbao, 'Treasure of the Wanquan Retreat', the stone of olive-green tone with areas of characteristic darker speckling
4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm.) square, box
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The Dragon Throne, Chinese Imperial Art, Maitland Art Center, Florida, 1990, cover illustration
Maitland Art Center, Florida, 1990
Joshline Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 2004
Previously offered at Sotheby's New York, 10 April 1986, lot 237.
Wanquan Chuang, 'A Myriad of Springs Retreat', is the name of a specific location northwest of Beijing where Emperor Qianlong would have passed on his many journeys en route to Bishushanchuang, the Summer Resort in Chengde situated eighteen miles north of Beijing. As indicated by the name Wanquan, meaning 'a myriad of springs', it was place where a temple dedicated to the Water Spirit was situated. It was recorded that this location was a stopover for the Emperor when he made his visits to Chengde from Beijing.
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