3627
3627
A WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
1,500,0002,000,000
JUMP TO LOT
3627
A WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
1,500,0002,000,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Important Chinese Art

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A WHITE JADE 'DRAGON' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
superbly worked with deep rounded sides rising from a flat base to an incurved rim, the shoulder decorated in high relief with a pair of confronting five-clawed dragons soaring amidst ruyi clouds, each depicted with a prominent head and scaly writhing body, the substantial stone of an opaque white colour, zitan stand
13.4 cm, 5 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

This piece is remarkable for its motif of two lively dragons masterfully rendered twisting their body around the opening of the vessel. Carved almost in the round, the beasts’ scaly and muscular body creates a dramatic contrast to the otherwise undecorated vessel. 

A similarly carved waterpot, also inscribed with a poetic inscription by the Qianlong Emperor, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Scholar’s Paraphernalia. Classics of the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2009, pl. 231; a celadon jade example lacking the inscription and carved with two dragons and a chilong, from the collection of Mr and Mrs Djahanguir Riahi, was sold in our Paris rooms, 22nd June 2017, lot 3; and a smaller one was sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2018, lot 3350. See also one carved entirely with dragons among waves and clouds, sold at Christie’s New York, 22nd/23rd March 2012, lot 1862.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong