A rare white jade champion vase Qianlong
Lot 585
A rare white jade 'champion' vase Qianlong
HK$ 250,000 - 350,000
US$ 32,000 - 45,000
Lot Details
The Property of a private collector
A rare white jade 'champion' vase
The white stone finely worked in the form of two deeply-hollowed cylindrical tubes, linked on one side by a crouching mythical animal with outspread wings, beneath a perching eagle equally with wings displayed, the reverse with the relevant rear parts of the eagle and animal linking the deeply-hollowed vases, the cylinders also worked in crisp shallow relief with large upright leafy clusters, wood stand. 10cm high.


  • Twin-tube vases worked with an eagle standing atop a bear are usually referred to as 'champion vases' or 'hero vases', because the Chinese words 'eagle' and 'bear' together have similar pronunciation as 'yingxiong', the word for 'hero'.

    A vase of very similar form and decoration but with a more stylised rendition of the bird, depicted holding a ring in its mouth and with a cover, is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, no.C.1948-1910, and another was included in the National Palace Museum special exhibition The Refined Taste of the Emperor held in 1997, Catalogue, no.90.

    For an example sold at auction from the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection see Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 1547.

    清乾隆 白玉雕英雄合巹盃