A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang 18th/19th century
Lot 187*
A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang
18th/19th century
£120,000 - 180,000
US$ 190,000 - 290,000

Lot Details
A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang 18th/19th century A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang 18th/19th century A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang 18th/19th century
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A fine and rare white jade archaistic pouring vessel and cover, guang
18th/19th century
The lustrous white stone with delicate patches of russet and grey, hollowed to form a pouring vessel raised on a stepped foot and with four mythical-animal heads suspending loose-ring handles at the rim, the domed cover with carved decorative elements on each of the four sides, one with archaistic wings over the spout and the other three formed as stylised birds, all beneath a finial shaped as a crouching winged dragon, the exterior of both vessel and cover finely carved with shallow-relief taotie masks on a leiwen ground, wood stand and box.
17.5cm (17in) high (4).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Jade House, Hong Kong, purchased on 20 January 1963
    A Canadian private collection

    十八/十九世紀 白玉雕仿古饕餮紋活環蓋觥

    來源: 於1963年1月20日購自香港Jade House
    加拿大私人收藏

    The form of this piece comes from an archaic bronze prototype first developed during the Shang Dynasty (c.1500-1050 BC). Vessels known as guang were used as ritual wine containers, usually basing their form to some extent on stylised animal forms, often birds. Whilst the present lot is very different in purpose and style, the original guang shape with one elongated end, as well as the bird-like designs for the ring handles, reflect its archaic origins. This nod to archaism illustrates an interest in the perceived austerity of ancient times, whilst the exuberance and complexity of the design appeals to a more exhibitionist Qing taste.

    Compare a related archaistic bowl dated to the Qing Dynasty in the Qing Court collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Beijing, 2008, pl.103.
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