A RARE CELADON JADE 'CHILONG' WATER DROPPER, MING DYNASTY
A RARE CELADON JADE 'CHILONG' WATER DROPPER
the deep sides divided with five lobes and resting on a flat base carved in the form of a prunus blossom, the spout rendered in the form of a chilong head, detailed with a broad snout, large rounded eyes, and a pair of furled ears, pierced through the mouth with an aperture for pouring, with a small chilong clambering on the rim, the softly polished stone of an even color with some icy-white inclusions
Width 3½ in., 8.8 cm
Loss to the right ear of the small clambering chilong and there is a Y-shaped fissure to one side, likely natural to the stone. Otherwise in general good condition.
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Nagatani Inc., Chicago, circa 1946.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
The present water dropper appears to be inspired by the jade dragon-head-handled cups from the Song dynasty, such as one, similarly carved with a dragon head to one side, and further decorated with two striding dragons, attributed to the Song dynasty, from the Qing Court Collection and now in the Palace Museum Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 113, together with an octagonal cup, carved with a dragon head handle, pl. 104. Extant Ming dynasty jade water droppers of this type are extremely rare. Compare a cloisonné example, set with a loop handle and a pierced square spout, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, included in the Oriental Ceramic Society's exhibition and illustrated in 'The Arts of the Ming Dynasty', Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 1958, pl. 82, fig. 302. See a related early Ming dynasty jade cup of hexagonal form, set with a beast-mask handle, similarly carved with a small clambering chilong on the side, published ibid., pl. 192.
本品靈感或源於宋代玉龍首盃，比較一例，一邊作龍首與本品相近，外壁浮雕兩行龍，斷代宋，清宮舊藏，現藏北京故宮博物院，展於《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集•玉器卷（中）》,香港，1995年，圖版113，同書並載另一八角形盃例，作龍首柄，圖版104。目前存世相類明代玉水滴作例極罕，可參考一明代銅胎掐絲琺瑯例，環耳，方流，現存於維多利亞與艾爾伯特博物館，倫敦，曾展於東方陶瓷學會展覽，並載於《Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society》，倫敦，1958年，圖版82，圖302。再比一相類明初八方玉盃例，獸面柄，一側亦刻一小螭龍，出處同上，圖版192。