A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'MAGNOLIA' VASE QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY |
400,000 - 600,000 HKD
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- 13.9 cm, 5 1/2 in.
well worked as a tall magnolia bloom with layered petals forming the walls of the vessel, the petals incised with veins and rendered curled at the rim, the bloom further depicted borne and supported on a gnarled branch issuing two smaller budding magnolias flanking the vessel, the pale celadon stone with icy inclusions and attractive russet patches, wood stand
Magnolia, or yulan in Chinese, is an emblem of purity and is a pictorial pun to represent the Chinese word for jade, yu. Compare a related white jade vase in the form of a magnolia blossom in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, illustrated in The T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 115; and another example sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 2007, lot 36. A magnolia-form vase with a sprig of orchid can be seen in the Qing dynasty painting Good News of Harvest from the Qing court collection, now preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei; for detail of the painting, see The Enchanting Splendor of Vases and Planters: A Special Exhibition of Flower Vessels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Taipei, 2014, p. 233.