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An important imperial white jade inscribed archaistic vessel and cover (guang)
Mark and period of Qianlong, dated 1775 AD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 656,000 USD
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An important imperial white jade inscribed archaistic vessel and cover (guang)
Mark and period of Qianlong, dated 1775 AD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 656,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An important imperial white jade inscribed archaistic vessel and cover (guang)
Mark and period of Qianlong, dated 1775 AD
the elongated ewer supported on a low stepped foot, carved with horned lion-masks at the spout and rear loop handle, above a band of confronting stylized phoenixes encircling the sides, the curved tablet-form cover finely incised with a long poetic inscription composed by the Qianlong emperor and dated qianlong yiwei (corresponding to 1775 AD), the base with the six-character mark da qing qianlong fanggu ('Qianlong era, in imitation of antiquity'), the stone of exceptionally even pale celadon-white tone, wood stand (3)
Quantity: 3
6 3/4 in., 17.3 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 15th December 1967, lot 230.
Nagatani Ltd., Chicago.

Catalogue Note

The forty-character inscription found on the cover of this vessel is a poem by the Qianlong emperor dated to the yiwei year of his reign (equivalent to 1775 AD) with the title Yong Hetian yu kuishou yi (Song of the Hetian Jade Beast Head Basin). In the poem the emperor praises jade from Hetian which he considers to be skillfully crafted and highly desirable. He notes that the vessel was made after Zhou dynasty basins and it recaptures the essence of antiquity.

Guang are a rare shape among ancient bronze vessels and it is even rarer to find archaistic jade vessels after this form. The 18th century carver has tried to recreate the shape and despite the somewhat elongated proportions the silhouette of this guang remains fairly close to those of bronze prototypes.  See a related jade guang illustrated in Pierre-F. Schneeberger, The Baur Collection. Geneva, Geneva, 1976, pl. B74-75; and another, from the National Palace Museum, Taipei (see Fig. 1), which was included in the exhibition The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, Taipei, 1997, cat.no. 13.

Compare also a jade guang with animal mask design, from the Qing Court collection, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 139; and another vessel of simpler decoration, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, Shijiazhuang, 1993, pls. 38-39.

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

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New York