The superb workmanship and the delicate articulation of the feathers, legs and beak grasping a sprig of lingzhi point to the vessel being a product of the early 18th century, and most likely the Kangxi period. The design motif of a crane with splendid feathery plumage was popular as a design motif in the Kangxi period, as seen on roundels in porcelain, such as on a Kangxi famille-verte jardinière from the Jie Rui Tang collection, to be offered in our New York rooms, 19th March 2019, lot 355. See also examples of cranes used on civil official’s rank badges, such as one bequested by William Christian Paul to the Metropolitan Museum, New York, accession number 30.75.830, and another originally in the collection of Valery M. Garrett, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 30th May 2012, lot 4032.
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