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A PALE CELADON JADE 'DEER' EWER AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
carved with the animal recumbent, its front legs tucked under its body, supporting a ewer with a raised central band of taotie carved in shallow relief, the cylindrical neck with a scroll handle and spout of square section, below the domed circular cover with knopped finial, the stone an even pale celadon to white tone with some white inclusions, wood stand  
Quantity: 3
17.2 cm, 6 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1969.

Catalogue Note

Finely carved in the round in the form of an animal carrying a ewer on its back, this charming piece displays the Qianlong Emperor’s penchant for innovative objects that were rooted in archaism. Vessels of this type are often unique and no other closely related example of this piece appears to have been published. Compare a vessel modelled in the form of a mythological animal standing on four feet and carrying a vase on its back, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Masterworks of Chinese Jade in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1973, pl. 29; and one modelled with the animal crouching and turning its head backwords, offered at Christie’s London, 1st December 1997, lot 23.

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