A fine and rare 'sodden snow' white jade 'egrets and lotus' vase and cover Qianlong/ Jiaqing
Lot 129
A fine and rare 'sodden snow' white jade 'egrets and lotus' vase and cover
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 33,000 - 49,000

Lot Details
A fine and rare 'sodden snow' white jade 'egrets and lotus' vase and cover Qianlong/ Jiaqing A fine and rare 'sodden snow' white jade 'egrets and lotus' vase and cover Qianlong/ Jiaqing
A fine and rare 'sodden snow' white jade 'egrets and lotus' vase and cover
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
The gleaming white stone expertly carved as a smooth flattened vase with scroll handles and a stepped cover, flanked by a pair of egrets wading beneath a blossoming lotus pod and thickly curling lotus leaf on the right, and another pair of egrets under a lotus flower and bud, all rising from a bank of swirling foaming waves, wood stand. 19cm (7½in) wide (3).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆/嘉慶 白玉雕鷺蓮紋蓋瓶

    Provenance: a distinguished European private collection, acquired circa 1950s-1970s, and thence by descent

    來源:顯赫歐洲私人收藏,購於約1950至1970年代,並由家族繼承下去

    The present vase is a fine example of the master carver demonstrating the quality of the white jade stone on the plain surface of the vase in the centre, whilst presenting his deft craftsmanship in the intricate carving of the egrets or herons standing amidst the lotus blossoms, their petals superbly carved with undulating edges, all atop the swirling waves carved on the underside.

    The fine white jade stone quality would have underlined the symbolism represented by the egrets or herons, which when depicted amidst lotus, symbolise the Confucian ideal of a virtuous official, as well as the meaning 'may your path be always upwards' - the characters for 'egret' (lu 鷺) and 'reed' (lu 蘆) are homophones for the character for 'road' (lu 路), and the character for 'lotus' (lian 蓮), is a homophone for the character for 'continous' (lian 連). Together for the phrase 'lu lu lian ke 路路連科', auguring well for a string of successes in exams and most probably alluding to the renowned Imperial jinshi examination, the gateway for appointment in the Imperial civil service.

    Compare a related yellow jade carving of two joined vases flanked by rams and a Buddhist lion, Qianlong seal mark and period, from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated by Zheng Xinmiao, ed., Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum - Jade, Qing Dynasty, vol.10, Beijing, 2010, pl.30.

    A related white jade vase and cover flanked by a deer and a crane, 18th century, was sold in these rooms on 8 November 2012, lot 194.
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