A PALE CELADON JADE 'PHOENIX' VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
deftly carved, the archaistic bird standing proudly in profile, its head raised high and looking to the right, the neck outstretched in an S-shape, the wings carved with archaistic motifs and plumage, neatly folded back and pressed against the body to nestle a tall, oval section vase and cover on its back, the vase with a kuilong-form handle connecting to the bird's tail, further plumage extending from the tail under the body and terminating in bifurcated scrolls beneath the chest, the pale green stone with speckled light brown inclusions (2)
Height 5½ in., 14 cm
The rim with a shallow polished chip and two short cracks, the longest apprx. 0.6 cm. A few scattered minute chips and bruises to the edges, including two bruises to the right wing.
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Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Compare a similarly rendered 'phoenix' jade vase fashioned with wheels, attributed to the Qing dynasty and modeled after Han dynasty prototypes, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in Masterworks of Chinese Jade in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1969, cat. no. 35. See also another similar 'cockerel' jade vase formerly in the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, subsequently gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, sold in these rooms, 10th September 2019, lot 18; a slightly taller white jade 'cockerel' vase attributed to 18th/19th century, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 17th January 1989, lot 989; another Jiaqing period 'cockerel' vase sold in these rooms, 17th April 1985, lot 216; and the fourth, taller 'phoenix' vase sold at Christie's London, 16th December 1987, lot 514.