A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl, Qianlong
Lot 18
A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl Qianlong
Sold for £115,250 (US$ 197,308) inc. premium
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A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl, Qianlong A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl, Qianlong A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl, Qianlong A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl, Qianlong
Lot Details
A rare and very fine white jade marriage bowl
Qianlong
Carved with great intricacy and delicacy from a single lustrous white stone, the bowl raised on a circular foot with bulbous sides incised with two narrow decorative bands at the foot beneath a wide undecorated section, all curving towards the rounded lip carved in shallow relief with a band of ruyi-heads above a narrow band of stylised confronted chilong dragons, the magnificent handles each formed as a single large butterfly, the wide spreading wings and life-like body designed with astonishing realism and detail and each suspending a plain loose ring, wood stand.
18.8cm (7 3/8in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉雕螭龍紋雙蝶耳活環洗

    Provenance: acquired from John Sparks Ltd., London, on 1 December 1954
    A European private collection and thence by descent

    The very fine white jade bowl with its superbly carved butterfly handles belongs to the category of 'marriage' bowls alternatively carved with butterfly, bat or dragon handles, popular at the Qing Dynasty Imperial court. The two butterfly handles, suspending loose rings in mirror image, symbolise 'Joyful encounter', 喜相逢 Xi xiangfeng, and by extension marital happiness. For a related example of the use of butterfly handles, see a white jade censer and cover with four butterfly handles suspending loose rings, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Beijing, 2008, pl.27.

    The present bowl is rare in its feature of an inturned rim; compare a related but slightly larger, white jade 'marriage' bowl, Qianlong, similarly carved with butterfly handles, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 June 2011, lot 3596.
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