A rare yellow and brown jade vase group Qianlong
Lot 25
A very fine and rare yellow and brown jade vase group and cover Qianlong
Sold for £228,000 (US$ 357,809) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very fine and rare yellow and brown jade vase group and cover
Qianlong
The group well carved in the form of a recumbent hound supporting an archaistic flattened vase and cover with recessed finial on its back, flanked at its side by a further small hound reclining on its back and supporting a bird on its back, the stone of a pale yellowish-green tone with russet-brown splashes and an attractive high polish, inlaid wood stand. 13.7cm (5¼in) wide (3).

Footnotes

  • Yellow jade was highly prized throughout the Qing Dynasty and was greatly treasured by the Qianlong Emperor in particular.

    Whilst no other vase group of this exact design appears to be published, yellow jade was clearly a popular choice for archaistic vase groups of related forms. Compare a related yellow jade twin vase with three rams and other mythical animals, Qianlong seal mark and period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Beijing, 2008, pl.20. See also a jade phoenix and vase group dated to the Qianlong period, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 3094. Another dragon and phoenix vase group dated to the 18th century was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 October 2003, lot 828.

    For a similar subject matter, see a jade dog and bird group from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Beijing, 2008, pl.143.

    The skillful use of the russet-brown patches against the yellow jade is comparable to the splendid Qianlong mark and period double carp vase from the Palmer collection, exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 1975 and sold at Bonhams London, from the Palmer Collection, 11 June 2003, lot 29.
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