1st Mar, 2024 10:00

The No Reserve Dragon Sale

 
  Lot 87
 

87

A WHITE JADE ‘LYCHEE’ BOX AND COVER, LATE MING DYNASTY
明末白玉荔枝紋小蓋盒

Starting price
€800
Estimate
€1,500
Current bid
€1,300
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Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價

China, 16th-17th century. The shallow box of oval form, carved and incised to the top with two lychees borne on a leafy branch, one lychee with a lozenge pattern, the other with double lined hexagons, all encircled by a line border. The sides carved with bands of stylized phoenixes and key-fret borders. The translucent stone is of a fine white color with a russet and dark gray vein. Note the broad foot rim.

Provenance
: West Berkshire, United Kingdom, local trade. By repute acquired from a private estate.
Condition: Very good condition with expected old wear, little nibbling, a minuscule hairline and loss. The stone with natural inclusions and fissures.

Weight: 70.8 g
Dimensions: Length 6.6 cm

Literature comparison:
Compare a closely related celadon jade box and cover with lychee motif, Ming dynasty, in the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, image numbers K1C000839N000000000PAC and K1C000839N000000000PAB. Also compare a pale celadon jade ‘lychee’ box and cover of related form and decoration, 6.3 cm, Ming dynasty, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, accession number FE.154-1988.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 November 2016, lot 3446
Price: HKD 625,000 or approx. EUR 85,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A carved white jade 'lychee' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
Expert remark: Compare the similar color of the jade, the patterns of the lychees, and the size (7 cm). Note the slightly later dating of the piece.



明末白玉荔枝紋小蓋盒
中國,十六至十七世紀。橢圓形淺盒,盒蓋開光雕刻枝頭兩顆荔枝,紋理不同。蓋盒側面刻有卷葉紋。半透明白玉,帶有赤褐色和深灰色的紋理。橢圓形圈足。

來源:英國伯克郡西部古玩交易,據説購於私人收藏。
品相:狀況良好,有磨損、小刻痕和小缺損。玉料有天然內沁和裂隙

重量:70.8 克
尺寸:長6.6 厘米

文獻比較:
比較一件非常相近的明早中期玉荔枝紋盒,收藏於臺北故宮博物院,館藏編號K1C000839N000000000PAC和K1C000839N000000000PAB。比較一件明代青白玉荔枝紋蓋盒和相近的外形和裝飾,6.3 厘米,收藏於維多利亞與亞伯特博物館,館藏編號FE.154-1988.

拍賣結果比較:
形制:相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2016年11月30日,lot 3446
價格:HKD 625,000(相當於今日EUR 85,000
描述:清十七/十八世紀白玉荔枝紋圓蓋盒
專家評論:比較相近的玉石顏色、荔枝紋和尺寸(7 厘米)。請注意年代較晚。

 


Please note this Lot is to be sold at No Reserve. 本拍品不設底價

China, 16th-17th century. The shallow box of oval form, carved and incised to the top with two lychees borne on a leafy branch, one lychee with a lozenge pattern, the other with double lined hexagons, all encircled by a line border. The sides carved with bands of stylized phoenixes and key-fret borders. The translucent stone is of a fine white color with a russet and dark gray vein. Note the broad foot rim.

Provenance
: West Berkshire, United Kingdom, local trade. By repute acquired from a private estate.
Condition: Very good condition with expected old wear, little nibbling, a minuscule hairline and loss. The stone with natural inclusions and fissures.

Weight: 70.8 g
Dimensions: Length 6.6 cm

Literature comparison:
Compare a closely related celadon jade box and cover with lychee motif, Ming dynasty, in the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, image numbers K1C000839N000000000PAC and K1C000839N000000000PAB. Also compare a pale celadon jade ‘lychee’ box and cover of related form and decoration, 6.3 cm, Ming dynasty, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, accession number FE.154-1988.

Auction result comparison:
Type: Related
Auction: Christie’s Hong Kong, 30 November 2016, lot 3446
Price: HKD 625,000 or approx. EUR 85,000 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A carved white jade 'lychee' box and cover, Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century
Expert remark: Compare the similar color of the jade, the patterns of the lychees, and the size (7 cm). Note the slightly later dating of the piece.



明末白玉荔枝紋小蓋盒
中國,十六至十七世紀。橢圓形淺盒,盒蓋開光雕刻枝頭兩顆荔枝,紋理不同。蓋盒側面刻有卷葉紋。半透明白玉,帶有赤褐色和深灰色的紋理。橢圓形圈足。

來源:英國伯克郡西部古玩交易,據説購於私人收藏。
品相:狀況良好,有磨損、小刻痕和小缺損。玉料有天然內沁和裂隙

重量:70.8 克
尺寸:長6.6 厘米

文獻比較:
比較一件非常相近的明早中期玉荔枝紋盒,收藏於臺北故宮博物院,館藏編號K1C000839N000000000PAC和K1C000839N000000000PAB。比較一件明代青白玉荔枝紋蓋盒和相近的外形和裝飾,6.3 厘米,收藏於維多利亞與亞伯特博物館,館藏編號FE.154-1988.

拍賣結果比較:
形制:相近
拍賣:香港佳士得,2016年11月30日,lot 3446
價格:HKD 625,000(相當於今日EUR 85,000
描述:清十七/十八世紀白玉荔枝紋圓蓋盒
專家評論:比較相近的玉石顏色、荔枝紋和尺寸(7 厘米)。請注意年代較晚。

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