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ANCIENNE COLLECTION PARTICULIÈRE FRANÇAISE

Rare brûle-parfum couvert archaïsant en jade blanc, fang ding Dynastie Qing, époque Qianlong
A FINE AND RARE ARCHAISTIC WHITE JADE CENSER AND COVER, FANG DING, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
120,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 619,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
154

ANCIENNE COLLECTION PARTICULIÈRE FRANÇAISE

Rare brûle-parfum couvert archaïsant en jade blanc, fang ding Dynastie Qing, époque Qianlong
A FINE AND RARE ARCHAISTIC WHITE JADE CENSER AND COVER, FANG DING, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
120,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 619,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Rare brûle-parfum couvert archaïsant en jade blanc, fang ding Dynastie Qing, époque Qianlong
A FINE AND RARE ARCHAISTIC WHITE JADE CENSER AND COVER, FANG DING, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
le corps et le couvercle à section rectangulaire finement sculptés sur les quatre faces de masques taotie en léger relief, rythmées par des arêtes crénelées, le bord souligné d'une fine frise de grecques, flanqué de deux larges anses évasées élégamment décorées de rubans entremêlés esquissant un ruyi au bout, le tout reposant sur quatre pieds cylindriques, la prise du couvercle rectangulaire évidée frangée de pétales de lotus, la pierre très blanche légèrement parsemée de petites inclusions rouille, socle en bois (3)
17,2 cm, 6 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Collection of Monsieur Tchao Itao, General Consul of China in France (active in Paris ca. 1919-1924).
Collection de Monsieur Tchao Itao, Ancien Consul Général de Chine à Paris, sold at Drouot, Paris, 16th April 1942, lot 103.
Acquired by the grandmother of the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Carved from a single piece of almost flawless white stone of even tone, this censer is outstanding for its quality. Its form and design are inspired by archaic bronze fang ding made during the late Shang and Western Zhou dynasties. The archaistic style which emerged during the Yongzheng period and flourished under the Qianlong Emperor, dominated the arts of his reign, from porcelain to works of art crafted from various materials. Jade carvers working for the Imperial court during the Qianlong period were skilled adaptors and the present piece is a fine example of their interpretation of ancient forms to suit contemporary taste.

The Qianlong Emperor had a strong preference for wares that imitated antiquities and disapproval for the florid ‘new style’ is documented in palace records and poems that he composed. In the catalogue to 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, p. 49, it is noted that the Emperor followed the literati aesthetic that developed in the Song dynasty, whereby the study and appreciation of antiques allowed scholars ‘to experience the artistic freshness and moral strength of the classical period. In turn, they hoped to invest their own generation with these values, thus enriching both art and public life’. In order to promote this the Emperor ordered the court to publish collections of drawings of antiquities and circulate them among craftsmen.

A white jade fang ding of this type in the collection of the Asian Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, Tokyo, 1977, pl. LIII; and another, from the collection of Marcia Israel, was included in the exhibition Chinese Jade From Southern California Collections, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1976, cat. no. 45. See also a fang ding with carved straight legs and upright rim handles, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Museum’s exhibition Great National Treasures of China, Taipei, 1996, cat. no. 45; another in the De An Tang Collection, exhibited in A Romance With Jade, Palace Museum, Beijing, 2004, cat. no. 124, and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 10th April 2006, lot 1757; a third from the collection of Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Blaker, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th November 1985, lot 81; and a larger example, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 10, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 64.

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