A white jade 'quails and landscape' incense burner and cover
Of archaistic form, the compressed globular body supported on four short rounded feet, the gently curved vertical sides divided into lobes, the main vessel finely worked on the exterior with a continuous scene featuring five quails, two on one side, three on the other, perched on rockwork amongst water beads, all against a distant mountain landscape, the sides flanked with a pair of elaborate handles, each decorated with a xi character surrounded by auspicious motifs of ruyi-head, cloud scrolls and narcissus, issuing forth loose ring handles, surmounted by a domed cover worked with two additional quails and water beads amongst a lakeside, the floral knop fashioned by pointed edges and ruyi-heads at the axis, issuing from a hollowed enclosure in the form of an octagonal star, the stone of an even white colour with an attractive russet splash on one side, the natural flaws of the stone skilfully incorporated into the design to convey the natural contours of the mountains.
19.5cm wide. (2).
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