A rare pale green jade vase and cover 18th/19th century
Lot 63
A rare pale green jade vase and cover 18th/19th century
Sold for £24,000 (US$ 39,189) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare pale green jade vase and cover 18th/19th century A rare pale green jade vase and cover 18th/19th century A rare pale green jade vase and cover 18th/19th century
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A rare pale green jade vase and cover
18th/19th century
The tapering ovoid vase rising to the high shoulders, waisted neck and galleried rim, surmounted by a domed cover, finely carved with a border of lotus-petal panels below the blossoming peony finial, the sides flanked by a pair of peony-blossom handles suspending loose rings, raised on a splayed foot encircled by lotus-petal panels, superbly carved in low relief with four bats in flight above crested waves crashing on rockwork, finely incised with a later Imperial poem with Qianlong Yu Zhi mark, the stone of pale green tone with mottled inclusions on one side, wood stand.
20.2cm (8in) high (3).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a European noble family collection, by descent to the present owner

    The later Imperial poem reads:

    Wei su hong liu
    Yuan yuan cong shou yu
    Chang dao lai jing ji shi pai
    Yin zi xia fang bi lang san
    Men che qing tian yi se mang
    Huan ying zhan haomiao hui hai
    Fan wang yang

    Yu rui qian ling qi
    yao fu sheng shi zhang lian
    Yi yun man ying huang lang ri
    Fu guang jia ying fu cang hao
    Chun xi zhu fu xiang cheng ping
    Zheng qixiang zhi zhi
    Ding wu jiang
    Qianlong yu zhi

    Going upstream in a powerful current
    The deepest roots of the ancestral burial ground
    Extend to pass through Jishi
    Leading oneself from distant places blue waves three
    Gates pass through clear sky of vast even color
    Large domain ocean look into the vast distance where the rivers converge on the sea
    Floating on the vast body of water
    Jade's auspiciousness one thousand ages carved
    Precious stone marks a golden age manifest connection
    Rippling clouds unrestrained image flash bright sun
    Float light excellent respond trust azure vast sky
    Pure joy show good fortune and auspiciousness owing to peace
    Request scene rule extremely
    Set without boundaries
    Qianlong yu zhi

    The present vase is partly inspired in its rendering of the open flowerheads and the lotus petal panels by Mughal jade craftsmanship, known in the 18th century by the Qianlong Emperor as 'Hindustan' jade. This style was incorporated into the long tradition of Chinese jade craftsmanship as exemplified in the subject matter of 'Four Bats above Waves', representing the four high points of a man's life, also known as the 'Four Happinesses'. See P.Bjaaland Welch, Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery, Tokyo, 2008, p.113:

    Sweet rain after a long drought.
    Meeting an old friend in a foreign place.
    The wedding night in the nuptial chamber.
    The sight of one's name on the golden placard.:
    Sweet rain after a long drought.
    Meeting an old friend in a foreign place.
    The wedding night in the nuptial chamber.
    The sight of one's name on the golden placard.
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