A CELADON JADE 'DRAGON' VASE AND COVER, QING DYNASTY, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
A CELADON JADE 'DRAGON' VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY
清十八 / 十九世紀初 青玉浮雕趕珠龍紋花卉圖蓋瓶
of flattened hu form supported on a stepped foot and surmounted by a galleried rim, the shoulders supporting a five-clawed dragon prowling in pursuit of a 'Flaming Pearl', the animal's body carved in the round with undercut and openwork details, one side of the vase carved in low relief with a blossoming prunus tree, the other side with flowering peony and a butterfly, the domed cover with a rope-twist oval finial, the stone a translucent gray-green tone with icy inclusions, zitan stand inlaid with silver wire (3)
Height 7⅞ in., 20 cm
The vase and cover are in overall good condition. The cover with a minor patch of abrasion to one lower edge. The edges and extremities to the vase and cover with scattered minute nicks and wear. The stone with natural fissures and inclusions. Red pen inventory mark to the base and cover.
For more information on and additional videos for this lot, please contact Cindy.Qi@sothebys.com.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The Wong Yua Shi Collection.
Anderson Galleries, New York, 13th-16th March 1918, lot 364.
Collection of William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930), and thence by descent.
Wong Yua Shi 收藏
William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930) 收藏，此後家族傳承
The dynamic movement and extreme high relief of the dragon chasing the 'Flaming Pearl' add a sense of drama to the flattened form of this classical vase shape. The dragon's energy is further enhanced through its contrast to the tranquil gardens rendered in low relief on vessel's walls below. Other Qing dynasty vases of this type include a greenish-white jade flattened baluster vase and cover with a dragon pursuing a 'Flaming Pearl' against an archaistic taotie ground, sold at Christie's New York, 19th September 2007, lot 89; a small pale celadon jade vase of related form sold at Christie's London, 7th November 2014, lot 411; and a grayish-white jade flattened baluster vase and cover carved with taotie motif and supporting a pair of dragons contesting a 'Flaming Pearl' in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (acc. no. 02.18.435a,b).