London, South Kensington
13 May 2016
AN OCTAGONAL 'ARCHAISTIC' CELADON AND RUSSET JADE CUP
YUAN-MING DYNASTY (1260-1644)
The cup has twin openwork handles, one carved with a crane, the other with a deer with a lingzhi branch in its mouth. The body is carved in relief with two stylised seal script characters, dragons and chilong between lappet and keyfret bands to the rim and base. The stone is of a mottled celadon tone with russet inclusions and cloudy white flecks.
5 5/8 in. (14.4 cm.) diam.
Property from a Private American Collection, assembled prior to 1960.
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A related octagonal cup carved with deer panels is illustrated in Zhong Guo Yu Qi Guanji (The Collection of Chinese Jade), Yang Boda, Beijing, 1993, Vol. 5, no.140, p89.
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