A pale green jade 'dragon' cup 18th century
Lot 4
A pale green jade 'dragon' cup 18th century
Sold for £66,000 (US$ 110,934) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A pale green jade 'dragon' cup
18th century
The oval cup well carved with an archaistic border of raised bosses inspired by Han Dynasty bronzes, flanked by two five-clawed dragons carved in high relief, the first clambering over the cup with its claws holding onto the archaistic register and over the rim, the finely-detailed head raised high, the second dragon pacing around the cup looking up at the other dragon, the stone of pale green tone with minor black inclusions and a yellowish tinge to the base, wood stand, box.
14.3cm (5⅝in) high (3).


  • Provenance: the Collection of Lieutenant Colonel Gladwyn and Mrs R. Gladwyn

    The vessel is inspired by archaic forms and patterns and follows the Qianlong Emperor's advocation of return to the ancient culture with its intrinsic qualities of sincerity, simplicity and happy exuberance.

    The raised bosses on the central register are similar to those adorning Han Dynasty jade vessels, though the flattened cylindrical form, use of a central border and the chilong dragon, are closer to Song Dynasty jade vessels; for a Song Dynasty example, see The Oriental Ceramic Society, Exhibition of Chinese Jades, London, 1948, Catalogue no.91.
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