3342
3342
A RARE WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC JADE RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
400,000500,000
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3342
A RARE WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC JADE RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
400,000500,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A RARE WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC JADE RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
superbly worked, the well-hollowed horn-shaped vessel depicted issuing from the mouth of a mythical beast portrayed with an inverted taotie mask, the upturned handle of the vessel further rendered in the form of the horned beast's mane and scaly tail, the exterior divided into three main registers of scrollwork with two rope-twist bands, all skilfully worked in low relief below a keyfret border encircling the undulating rim, wood stand
10.3 cm, 4 in.
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Catalogue Note

This charming rhyton embodies the Qing imperial taste for archaism and miniatures. While large vessels were striking for their size and embodiment of the splendour of the Qing dynasty, the beauty of the miniature lies in the extraordinary level of craftsmanship. Jade vessels of rhyton form have been recorded since antiquity, such as one excavated from the tomb of the King of Nanyue, dating to circa 122 BC, illustrated in Peter Lam, Jades from the Tomb of the King of Nanyue, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. D44. The style of the present piece follows in the tradition developed from the Song dynasty, with the vessel emerging from a monster head base and a tail-shaped handle; see a larger caramel-brown jade rhyton attributed to the Song dynasty, from the Cunliffe collection, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition The Arts of the Sung Dynasty, London, 1960, sold at Bonhams London, 11th November 2002, lot 1, and again in these rooms, 9th October 2012, lot 3137; a celadon and russet jade version, attributed to the Ming dynasty, sold in our London rooms, 9th November 1954, lot 118, and possibly the same piece sold twice in these rooms, 21st May 1985, lot 303, and 8th April 2007, lot 820; and another of light brown tone, with additional chilong carved in high-relief, sold in our New York rooms, 23rd September 1995, lot 232.

Important Jades, Ambers and Hardstones from a Distinguished Connoisseur

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