Lot 3461
  • 3461

A PAIR OF CELADON JADE 'MAGNOLIA' CUPS QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY |

Estimate
300,000 - 500,000 HKD
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Description

  • 9.6 cm, 3 3/4  in.
each with flaring sides elegantly rendered in the form of a magnolia bloom with overlapping petals, the lower section encircled with a ring of smaller petals, all supported on an openwork base depicted in the form of a gnarled branch bearing attendant buds, the even celadon stone subtly accentuated with russet inclusions to one cup's rim

Catalogue Note

These finely worked jade cups carry a layered symbolism in the choice of material and subject matter. The white magnolia (yulan) is a popular emblem of purity and the use of jade (yu) allows this conception to be executed harmoniously.

A related white jade 'magnolia' group, from the Concordia House collection, was sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 2007, lot 36. See also a Kangxi period white jade cup similarly worked in the form of a magnolia blossom in the Royal Ontario Museum, accession no. 992.23.1.2. 
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