Qianlong The bottle raised on a sturdy hollowed foot, the steep sides slightly flared towards the shoulders and surmounted by a cylindrical neck and lipped rim, the central frieze skilfully worked with an intricate designtaotie on keyfret scrolls, framed between lotus borders and upward and downward leaf lappets with ruyi-heads at the top, the stone of a rich dark green colour. 12.8cm high.
Provenance 來源: A private Texas collection
Jadeite was first introduced to China during the late Ming dynasty as a different material. However, it was not until the last quarter of the eighteenth century that it was widely used to produce vessels and snuff bottles for the use of the Imperial court.
The current vase appears to be one of a set of three vessels, or sanshi, placed on a scholar's table for burning incense. A similar combination of sanshi in various materials, particularly cloisonné enamel, is commonly found in the Imperial collections.
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