A white jade two-handled cup, Qianlong mark 5cm high
Lot 145
A rare white jade two-handled 'deer' cup
Sold for £133,250 (US$ 213,872) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white jade two-handled cup, Qianlong mark 5cm high A white jade two-handled cup, Qianlong mark 5cm high
A rare white jade two-handled 'deer' cup
Qianlong fanggu six-character mark and of the period
The stone of very even white with attractive light cloudiness and carved as a simple cup incised with a band of key-fret at the foot and the rim, each handle also incised with key-fret on the sides and surmounted by an antlered deer crouching with front hooves resting on the cup lip. 10cm (4in) wide

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉雕雙鹿耳杯 描金「大清乾隆仿古」楷書刻款

    The present white jade cup is particularly rare for the deer finely carved with their forelegs placed on the rim of the cup. Compare a related octagonal jade cup and saucer, from the Qing Court Collection, with 'deer' handles, dated to the Qing Dynasty, illustrated in The Complete Collections of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl.205.

    A related pair of small square white jade cups, 18th century, was recently sold at Sotheby's New York on 19-20 March 2013, lot 42.
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