An important and rare pair of archaistic pale green jade wine vessels, jue
Incised Qianlong four-character marks and of the period
Inspired by the shape of archaic bronze vessels, each jue cup superbly carved in relief with two friezes enclosing stylised confronted dragon and phoenix divided by flanges, the reverse with a taotie mask, all framed by foliate scrolls, the walls rising to the flared spouted mouth rim surmounted by mushrooms, raised on three blades carved with taotie masks, the flat-back vessels when positioned back to back forming the illusion of a double-spouted jue vessel, the stone of pale green tone with minor russet inclusions, wood stands.
13cm (5⅛in) high. (4).