A fine pale green jade 'dragon' vase and cover, Qianlong
Lot 17
A fine and rare pale green jade 'dragon' vase and cover Qianlong
Sold for £67,250 (US$ 111,483) inc. premium
Auction Details
A fine pale green jade 'dragon' vase and cover, Qianlong
Lot Details
A fine and rare pale green jade 'dragon' vase and cover
Qianlong
Expertly carved from a rich pale green stone, the vase of slightly-flattened baluster form with stylised animalistic handles, the stepped foot surrounded by rockwork and swirling foaming waves, the smooth body encircled by three five-clawed dragons in very high relief clambering energetically amidst cloud scrolls, one dragon reaching up to grasp at a flaming pearl perched on one of the handles, the cover plain with a small stepped finial.
23.4cm (9¼in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 青玉雕龍紋雙獸耳蓋瓶

    Provenance: a European private collection and thence by descent

    The present vase, superbly carved in high relief with three five-clawed dragons emerging from swirling and crashing waves to pursue the flaming pearl, is very similar to a smaller (15.7cm high) pale green jade vase and cover from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Beijing, 2008, pl.21. The fine carving of the flaming pearl amidst the cloud scrolls may also be compared to that on a pale grey-green jade 'dragon and phoenix' vase and cover, Qianlong, illustrated by S.H.Hansford in Chinese Carved Jades, London, 1968, pl.87.

    Compare a smaller (14.7cm high) white jade 'dragon' vase and cover, variously dated as Qianlong and 19th century, from the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, sold at Christie's Hong Kong on 28 November 2006, lot 1412.
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