A RARE IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE STAND, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
A RARE IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE STAND
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
floriform with bombé sides carved and pierced with stylized lotus below a band of C-scrolls, all supported on four splayed feet, the top carved with a five-petaled flower surrounded by a circular groove, the base inscribed with the character yi, the stone of a deep spinach-green tone with light and dark green inclusions
Width 4½ in., 11.5 cm
In overall good condition with expected minute nicks to the extremities. Possible consolidation to the area where the top part joins the bottom.
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Nagatani Inc., Chicago, 1st October 1948.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
The present stand is undeniably a product of the imperial court, identified by the yi character inscribed to the base. The style of the mark is consistent with those seen on imperial stands preserved in the Palace Museums, such as a wood stand made for a Song dynasty Ding dish, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, carved to the underside with the same yi character, included in the exhibition Obtaining Refined Enjoyment: The Qianlong Emperor's Taste in Ceramics, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2012, cat. no. 95. Yi is the second character in tiangan (Heavenly Stems), a system of ordinals used in ancient China. According to Zaobanchu records from the Qianlong period, stands were inscribed with the characters from tiangan based on the grade of the objects for which they were made. The imperial records from the 3rd day of the 12th month of the 18th year of Qianlong, state that the emperor decreed that the character yi was to be inscribed to the stands of ceramics from the imperial collection that were classified as being in the second most important category (Qinggong neiwufu zaobanchu dangan zonghui [Zaobanchu archives of the Qing Imperial Household Department], vol. 19, Beijing, 2007, p. 542).