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AN ARCHAISTIC RUSSET AND CELADON JADE 'HEAVENLY BIRD' RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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AN ARCHAISTIC RUSSET AND CELADON JADE 'HEAVENLY BIRD' RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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AN ARCHAISTIC RUSSET AND CELADON JADE 'HEAVENLY BIRD' RHYTON
QING DYNASTY, 17TH / 18TH CENTURY
of oval section with deep U-shaped sides bending slightly to imitate the natural curvature of a horn, one side carved in high relief with the upper body of a 'heavenly bird', its chest swelling at the base of the cup, the long S-curved neck rising to the head peering forward with alert eyes and the beak carved in the round, the wings rendered in low relief wrapping around each side of the rhyton, the feathers with archaistic flourishes, the low-relief legs tucked under the base, the stone a creamy color with a swath of deep russet flecked with gray near the tips of the wings and legs, wood stand (2)
Height 3 7/8  in., 9.5 cm
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Provenance

Oriental Rarities (Alan Hartman), New York, 20th May 1981.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 213.

Catalogue Note

Rhyton cups in the form of an animal or an animal's head appeared in China as early as the Western Han dynasty. There was a resurgence of interest in this form in the Song dynasty, and the enthusiasm was sustained through the subsequent Yuan, Ming and Qing periods.

Later jade rhytons, including the present example, are typically decorated with archaistic motifs including mythical creatures and ground patterns derived from ancient bronze vessels. Compare a Ming dynasty gray jade rhyton with chilong in high relief and openwork in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Michael Knight et al., Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2007, pl. 151; another with chilong attributed to the latter half of the Ming dynasty in the collection of the Musée Guimet, Paris, exhibited in Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco, Musée Guimet, Paris, 2018, cat. no. 97; a Song dynasty example with an S-curved handle similar to the present, formerly in the Cunliffe Collection and sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 9th October 2012, lot 3137; and a 17th/18th century example carved with taotie and a handle similar to the present rhyton, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2013, lot 3201.

Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift

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New York