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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PALE CELADON JADE 'BIRD AND PRUNUS' VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A PALE CELADON JADE 'BIRD AND PRUNUS' VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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A PALE CELADON JADE 'BIRD AND PRUNUS' VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
of rectangular section, the bottom of the vase carved in high relief with a large gnarled prunus branch adorned with blossoming flowers and foliage ascending to one side, with a magpie perched amongst the branches and another resting at the rim, the cover with gently sloping edges and surmounted with a rectangular finial, the stone of an even pale celadon tone, wooden stand
Quantity: 3
20 cm, 7 7/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Meticulously executed to depict a small bird perched on a flowering prunus tree emerging from rockwork, this vase displays the dexterity of the carver in his ability to fashion the stone in various levels of reliefs. The delicate and naturalistic rendering of the prunus flowers create an attractive contrast to the thick twisting branches rendered in openwork and the plain faceted form of the vase.

A slightly larger vase carved with a similar motif, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 10, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 37; one carved with flowering peach sprigs, from the Yongshougong collection, included in the exhibition A Romance with Jade, Palace Museum, Beijing, 2004, cat. no. 53, was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29th September 1992, lot 816, and again in our Hong Kong rooms, 10th April 2006, lot 1516; a slightly smaller yellow jade example carved with the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, from the collection of Georges de Menasce and Sir John Woolf, was included in the exhibition The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jade, Sotheby’s London, 2013, cat. no. 1; and another also with a crane, from the collections of Dr Cheng Te-k’un and Alan and Roger Pilkington, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 66.

Important Chinese Art

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