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A CELADON AND BROWN JADE 'MAKARA' VASE
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 875,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
39
A CELADON AND BROWN JADE 'MAKARA' VASE
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 875,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Qing dynasty jades from a Hong Kong Collection

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Hong Kong

A CELADON AND BROWN JADE 'MAKARA' VASE
QING DYNASTY
powerfully modelled in the form of two makara leaping from a bed of swirling waves, each detailed with large bulging eyes below bushy eyebrows and curled whiskers, the mouth depicted agape showing sharp teeth and hollowed to form the flower receptacle, further detailed with a scaly body and a pronounced spine, the stone of a celadon-green tone with patches of brown
15.8 cm, 6 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

Carved to capture a dynamic sense of movement, this piece is notable for the finely rendered details as seen in the scales, fins and tails of the two fish. The craftsman has skilfully incorporated the natural russet inclusions of the stone to add a naturalistic depth and texture to the piece. This carving captures the moment a carp has successfully swum against the current of the Yellow River and leaped up at the Dragon Gate to transform into a powerful dragon.

A related carving of this subject, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the exhibition Treasured Masterpieces from the National Palace Museum Taipei, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 2014, cat. no. 194; another in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, Tokyo, 1977, pl. LXX; and a third included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London, 1975, cat. no. 421, was sold in these rooms, 9th October 2007, lot 1210. See also a jade carving of two conjoined dragon-fish of the same size, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 49.

Qing dynasty jades from a Hong Kong Collection

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Hong Kong