A PAIR OF WHITE JADE 'QUAIL' BOXES AND COVERS QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD |
400,000 - 600,000 HKD
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- 7.3 cm, 2 7/8 in.
each well rendered in the form of a quail, the cover of the box incised with overlapping layers of plumage crowning the bird's head and extending across its plump body, the head further accentuated with slender eyes and a curved pointed beak, the box worked in the form of the lower body of the bird, similarly covered with plumage above a pair of claws neatly tucked beneath, the stone of an even white colour
The present pair of quail boxes follows a type first developed sometime early in the Qianlong period which is represented in a number of collections. Compare a similar pair of quail boxes in the Seattle Art Museum also with their heads turned but carved from a slightly yellowish stone and dated to the Qianlong period, illustrated in James Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, cat. no. 73; see also a pair of boxes formerly in the collection of T.Y. Chao, sold in these rooms 19th November 1986, lot 144, and a matching box in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji [Complete collection of Chinese jades], Shijiazhuang, 2005, vol. 6, p. 69, no. 106. For a closely related example sold at auction, see a pair of smaller white jade ‘quail’ boxes and covers, sold in these rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 333.