3453
3453
A RARE PALE CELADON JADE LOBED 'CHILONG' CUP
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
600,000800,000
JUMP TO LOT
3453
A RARE PALE CELADON JADE LOBED 'CHILONG' CUP
YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
600,000800,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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A RARE PALE CELADON JADE LOBED 'CHILONG' CUP
YUAN DYNASTY
the oval cup divided into six vertical lobes raised on a short straight footring, set to one side with a crouching dragon forming the handle, the stone of a very pale green tone with faint speckled black, white and russet inclusions 
w. 11.4 cm, 4 1/2  in.
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Catalogue Note

This exceptional jade cup displays influences from both Tang dynasty metalware and Song to Yuan dynasty porcelain. The unusual lobed form was likely influenced by Tang dynasty gold and silver bowls, which were made in imitation of Sassanian prototypes. See Jessica Rawson, 'Chinese Silver and its Western Origins', Connoisseur, September 1977, p. 37, where a lobed cup from the Tang dynasty in the collection of the British Museum is illustrated, pl. 1, together with a Sassanian-type parcel-gilt silver cup from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, pl. 2. See also a parcel-gilt silver stembowl of elongated quatrelobed form from the collection of Carl Kempe sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot. 51. The form appears to have been adapted into jade vessels as early as the Tang dynasty, as evidenced by a contemporaneous oval bowl divided into eight lobes in the British Museum illustrated by Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 29:1.

Cups with dragon handles appear in Qingbai porcelain of the Song and Yuan dynasties, and appear to have been produced concurrently with their jade counterparts into the Ming dynasty. For qingbai porcelain examples from the Yuan dynasty, see one from the Barlow collection and another from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, included in Stacey Pierson, ed., Qingbai Ware: Chinese Porcelain of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, London, 2002, pls 41 and 42. 

Compare also a lobed jade cup with a dragon handle, with carved decoration to the sides, dated to the Song dynasty, from the Qing court collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 111; and a circular libation cup with a chilong handle dated to the Yuan to early Ming dynasty, in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Wen C. Fong and James C.Y. Watt, Possessing the Past, The National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1996, pl. 18. 

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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Hong Kong