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An exceptional white jade 'champion' vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 420,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
20
An exceptional white jade 'champion' vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 420,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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An exceptional white jade 'champion' vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
finely carved in the form of tall double cylinders joined at the center by a phoenix and fantastic winged beast, with three low-relief registers of archaistic and stylized motifs between leiwen bands at the rim and splayed foot, the phoenix with outstretched wings and a loose ring suspended from its beak, perched atop the head of a crouching mythical beast, staring forward with bulging eyes and clenched teeth, all below a deftly carved and undercut five-clawed dragon with slender scaly body coiled over the domed tops of the cover, the lustrous stone of even pale celadon white tone with russet inclusions (2)
Quantity: 2
8 in., 20.1 cm
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Catalogue Note

Vessels of this type are inspired by archaic bronze vessels from as early as the Western Han dynasty. Its name 'champion vase' is a translation of the Chinese name for this type of vessel yingxiong ping. The eagle (ying) and the bear (xiong) together form a rebus for 'champion or hero' (yingxiong).  A very similar vase with cover can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum and was included in the exhibition, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London, 1975, cat.no. 442.  See also a white jade champion vase, from the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the exhibition The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1997, cat.no. 17; another in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, vol. 6, Shijiazhuang, 1993, pl. 244; and two further examples published in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pls. 72 and 73.

For an earlier example of jade vessels of this type see a champion vase of the Song dynasty, from the collection of Desmond Gure, illustrated in Desmond Gure, 'Selected Examples from the Jade Exhibition at Stockholm, 1963, a Comparative Study', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, no. 36, 1964, pl. 32; and another in the St. Louis Art Museum published in James C.Y. Watt, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Washington D.C., 1980, p. 157, pl. 128, where it is mentioned that this form must have persisted in a continuous tradition for nearly two thousand years.

The Concordia House Collection: Fine Chinese Jades and Important Works of Art from a Midwestern Family

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New York