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A fine yellow jade vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
Estimate
65,00085,000
LOT SOLD. 444,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
30
A fine yellow jade vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
Estimate
65,00085,000
LOT SOLD. 444,000 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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A fine yellow jade vase and cover
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
of oval section, well carved with a vertical row of triple-loops flanking each side of the body, between leiwen bands encircling the shoulder and base, with two slender qilong rising up each side to peer over the edge of the rim, their bellies securing rings to the trumpet neck, all raised on a tall stepped foot, the oval cover with canted sides surmounted by a striding qilong finial with its head sharply turned back, the fine stone of pale yellow tone with subtle russet-brown splashes (2)
Quantity: 2
7 1/4 in., 18.5 cm
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Provenance

Spink & Son Ltd., London.

Catalogue Note

Yellow jade was much treasured by the Qianlong emperor, whose imperial jade collection surpassed that of any of his predecessors in quality.  The Qianlong emperor's contribution to the improvement of jade crafting techniques and his connoisseurship of jades were notable, whereby he insisted on examining every piece of jade and recorded his opinion in the form of poems to be published or inscribed on the jades (Yang Boda, 'Jade: Emperor Ch'ien Lung's Collection in the Palace Museum, Peking', Arts of Asia, March-April 1992, p. 82.)

The style of carving of the dragons found on the present piece is also consistent with imperial taste.  The qilong was especially popular during the Qianlong period when it was frequently used for decorating works of art.  Compare a similar small yellow vase carved with clambering qilong, illustrated in Roger Keverne (ed.), Jade, London, 1995, fig. 55, p. 151; and a similar vase that was included in the National Museum of History, Taiwan, exhibition Jade: Ch’ing Dynasty Treasures, Taipei, 1997, no. 123.  See also one formerly in the collection of Mary and George Bloch, which was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 73 (see Fig. 1).

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

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New York