Lot 8
  • 8

Rare et grande coupe de mariage en jade vert épinard Marque et époque Qianlong

100,000 - 150,000 EUR
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  • Jade
  • 31 cm, 12 1/4  in.
de forme circulaire, les côtés arrondis sculptés en léger relief de rinceaux feuillagés chargés de lotus, le bord flanqué de deux prises ajourées chacune en forme de fleur de lotus épanouie dans leur feuillage soutenant des anneaux mobiles ronds, l'intérieur sculpté en haut relief au centre d'un médaillon d'hibiscus parmi des feuillages, le bord et le pied soulignés d'une frise de grecques, la base incisée d'une marque à quatre caractères Qianlong nian zhi


Acquired in Paris, November 1969 (No. 128 according to the collectors' files).

Catalogue Note

The present marriage bowl is slightly larger than other known examples. The design of the handles and the central flower is highly ornate. The intricately and deeply carved, almost naturalistic flower sprays and blossoms may have been inspired by jades from Hindustan. Central Asian jade wares were originally brought to the Qing court under the Qianlong emperor and were subsequently copied by Chinese craftsmen who adapted the new designs to their own repertoire. A Mughal green jade lobed bowl, carved with a similar floral motif, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the Museum’s exhibition Exquisite Beauty. Islamic Jades, Taipei, 2012, cat. no. 62.

Jade vessels of this type, often referred to as ‘marriage bowls’, were commonly presented on the occasion of a wedding, and were thus carved with a variety of motifs that allude to felicitous wishes for a long and happy marriage life. They are characterised by their elaborately carved handles, which were carved into various forms such as dragons and flowers, and appeared like two butterflies flanking the bowl when viewed from above.

Compare a large spinach-green jade marriage bowl, similarly carved on the exterior with a lotus scroll, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27th May 2009, lot 1839; and a smaller bowl, in the De An Tang Collection, included in the exhibition A Romance with Jade, Beijing, 2004, cat. no. 18. For other examples, compare one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Chinese Jades, vol. 6, Shijiazhuang, 1993, pl. 317.