3664
3664
A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE 'LION' VASE GROUP
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
300,000500,000
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3664
A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE 'LION' VASE GROUP
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
300,000500,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong

A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE 'LION' VASE GROUP
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
worked in the form of a lion seated beside a facetted gu vase, the beast with legs tucked underneath its body and tail curled alongside its rear haunches, its head facing forward detailed with bulging eyes beneath curled eyebrows, flaring nostrils and a bushy mane, the vase carved in low relief with stylised taotie masks between cicada lappets, the stone of a translucent white tone, carved zitan stand
9.5 cm, 3 3/4  in.
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Provenance

C.C. Tih Gallery, Hong Kong, 1973.
An American private collection.

Catalogue Note

Finely carved in the round in the form of a mythical animal carrying a vase in the form of an archaic bronze zun vessel on its back, this fine jade carving displays the Qianlong Emperor’s penchant for innovative objects that were rooted in archaism. The original zitan wood stand is skilfully carved in openwork with lingzhi, and precisely fitted.

Compare a vessel modelled in the form of a mythological animal standing on four feet and carrying a vase on its back, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Masterworks of Chinese Jade in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1973, pl. 29. See also a yellow jade vessel in the form of a mythical beast supporting a guang vessel, sold in these rooms, 3rd April 2018, lot 3636.

A white jade vase and cover in the form of a mythical beast supporting a vase, originally in the collection of Walter L. Behrens (1861-1913), was sold in these rooms, 5th October 2016, lot 3705. See also a larger vase of this type, with Qianlong mark and of the period, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 2831.

Important Chinese Art

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Hong Kong