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Lot 73 (TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism, 5th March 2021)

A CELADON AND GREY JADE BALUSTER VASE AND COVER, QING DYNASTY
清代青白玉雙象耳蓋瓶

China, 18th century. The flattened shield-shaped body carved in high relief with a dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl at the shoulder and a phoenix on rockwork. A small horse is riding above crashing waves near the base. The elephant head handles are set with loose rings, the cover is surmounted by a recumbent lion finial.

Provenance:
From a notable English private collector of Chinese jades.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, some scattered nicks to the edges, as well as pitting to the surface overall. One corner of the rim of the vase has been lightly polished.

Weight: 637.0 g
Dimensions: Height 17.8 cm

The dark gray inclusions to the otherwise translucent stone near the base of the vase have been cleverly utilized by the lapidary to accentuate the horse, as it emerges from fiercely crashing waves, distinctively reminiscent of important works from the Suzhou school of jade carving, made by Imperial command during the mid- to late 18th century.

Auction result comparison: Compare with a considerably larger grayish-white jade baluster vase and cover at Christie’s Hong Kong in Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on 1 June 2011, lot 3989, sold for HKD 400,000, as well as a vase of very similar form but with different decorations at Bonhams London in Fine Chinese Art on 5 November 2020, lot 167, sold for GBP 35,062. Also compare a related celadon vase and cover with recumbent lion finial at Sotheby’s New York in Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art on 18-19 March 2014, lot 329, sold for USD 18,750.

清代青白玉雙象耳蓋瓶
中國,十八世紀。扁平的瓶身上浮雕著一龍一鳳,龍鳳玩耍著空中的火珠。一匹小馬飛奔在底座附近的巨浪之上。象鼻耳裏各有一個玉環。瓶蓋一隻橫臥的獅子。

來源:來自英國貴族私人中國玉器收藏
品相:狀況極佳,磨損很小,邊緣有一些散落的刻痕,整個表面都有點蝕。花瓶邊緣的一個角已打磨過。

重量:637.0 克
尺寸:高 17.8 厘米

花瓶底部附近那塊深灰色絮狀斑紋被精雕細琢用來表現奔馬,它就如從波濤中奔騰而出。這種手法很像蘇式玉雕流派流傳下來的重要作品,18世紀中後期至後期的御用工藝。

拍賣結果比較:一件更大些的青白玉蓋售于香港佳士得Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art 拍場,2011年6月1 日,lot 3989, 售價 HKD 400,000;以及另一件有著非常相似的形狀但不同雕飾的蓋瓶售于倫敦邦瀚斯 Fine Chinese Art 拍場,2020年11月5日,lot 167, 售價 GBP 35,062。還有一件相近的青玉獅鈕蓋瓶售于紐約蘇富比Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art 拍場,2014年3月18-19 日,lot 329, 售價USD 18,750。

Starting price
€1,500
Estimate
€3,000
 

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China, 18th century. The flattened shield-shaped body carved in high relief with a dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl at the shoulder and a phoenix on rockwork. A small horse is riding above crashing waves near the base. The elephant head handles are set with loose rings, the cover is surmounted by a recumbent lion finial.

Provenance:
From a notable English private collector of Chinese jades.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, some scattered nicks to the edges, as well as pitting to the surface overall. One corner of the rim of the vase has been lightly polished.

Weight: 637.0 g
Dimensions: Height 17.8 cm

The dark gray inclusions to the otherwise translucent stone near the base of the vase have been cleverly utilized by the lapidary to accentuate the horse, as it emerges from fiercely crashing waves, distinctively reminiscent of important works from the Suzhou school of jade carving, made by Imperial command during the mid- to late 18th century.

Auction result comparison: Compare with a considerably larger grayish-white jade baluster vase and cover at Christie’s Hong Kong in Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on 1 June 2011, lot 3989, sold for HKD 400,000, as well as a vase of very similar form but with different decorations at Bonhams London in Fine Chinese Art on 5 November 2020, lot 167, sold for GBP 35,062. Also compare a related celadon vase and cover with recumbent lion finial at Sotheby’s New York in Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art on 18-19 March 2014, lot 329, sold for USD 18,750.

清代青白玉雙象耳蓋瓶
中國,十八世紀。扁平的瓶身上浮雕著一龍一鳳,龍鳳玩耍著空中的火珠。一匹小馬飛奔在底座附近的巨浪之上。象鼻耳裏各有一個玉環。瓶蓋一隻橫臥的獅子。

來源:來自英國貴族私人中國玉器收藏
品相:狀況極佳,磨損很小,邊緣有一些散落的刻痕,整個表面都有點蝕。花瓶邊緣的一個角已打磨過。

重量:637.0 克
尺寸:高 17.8 厘米

花瓶底部附近那塊深灰色絮狀斑紋被精雕細琢用來表現奔馬,它就如從波濤中奔騰而出。這種手法很像蘇式玉雕流派流傳下來的重要作品,18世紀中後期至後期的御用工藝。

拍賣結果比較:一件更大些的青白玉蓋售于香港佳士得Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art 拍場,2011年6月1 日,lot 3989, 售價 HKD 400,000;以及另一件有著非常相似的形狀但不同雕飾的蓋瓶售于倫敦邦瀚斯 Fine Chinese Art 拍場,2020年11月5日,lot 167, 售價 GBP 35,062。還有一件相近的青玉獅鈕蓋瓶售于紐約蘇富比Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art 拍場,2014年3月18-19 日,lot 329, 售價USD 18,750。

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Auction: TWO-DAY AUCTION - Fine Chinese Art / 中國藝術集珍 / Buddhism & Hinduism, 5th March 2021

Our two-day premium auction features 782 stunning lots, many of museum quality, with 152 named provenances ranging from museum deaccessions to notable collectors, and from the intriguing to the illustrious. Among these are the last emperor of Vietnam, the personal physician of Puyi, the Commander of the German Marine for East Asia, the Deputy Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, the Rockefeller and Rothschild families, Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini, the granddaughter of the Coca-Cola founder, noted artists Lindy Guinness, Lü Xiaguang and Zhou Shengli as well as historic dealerships Bluett, Spink, Rare Art, Vermeer & Griggs, Roger Keverne, Nicholas Grindley, Eileen Kershaw, Myrna Myers, Dr. Otto Burchard, only to name very few. On the first day of the auction, 409 lots will be offered, including Works of Art; Hardstones, Jades and Seals; Ceramics and Porcelain; and Snuff Bottles. The second day will see the remaining 373 lots fall under the hammer, including Bronzes and Sculptures; Organic Material and Furniture; Thangkas, Textiles and Paintings; and, last but not least, Buddhism and Hinduism.  

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