Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th November 1985, lot 101.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 18th May 1989, lot 769.
This ewer is remarkable for the fine level of craftsmanship evident in the exquisitely carved details of the vessel, ranging from the low-relief decoration of the body to the ornately modelled handle and ringed spout. Moreover, its unique incurved rim which is finely carved with two rows of lotus petals is an elegant example of the archaistic style that combined innovative decorative elements with archaic forms and motifs.
The form of this ewer is loosely modelled after archaic bronze gong vessels that emerged in the late Shang dynasty (16th century-c.1050 BC). However the stocky form of the original has been elongated and the spout reduced to result in a more refined shape suited to the decorative style of its time. A ewer of similar form and archaistic motifs carved in low relief, but with a cover and a ringed phoenix carved beneath the spout, was sold in these rooms, 27th October 1993, lot 491; and another with a shorter foot and a dragon handle, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st April 1992, lot 1196, and now in the De An Tang collection, was included in the exhibition A Romance with Jade, Palace Museum, Beijing, 2004, cat. no. 127.
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