A rare pale green jade archaistic 'guang' vessel and cover  Mid Qing dynasty
Lot 189
A rare pale green jade archaistic 'guang' vessel and cover Mid Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 680,000 (US$ 87,653) inc. premium

Lot Details
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A rare pale green jade archaistic 'guang' vessel and cover
Mid Qing dynasty
Of archaic bronze form, the pale green stone with mottled icy white inclusions and patches of russet, surmounted by a fitted cover with a long ridged spine down the middle and two raised nodes towards the mouth amid carefully composed incised comma-scroll decoration, the edges of the lid and body intricately incised with archaistic leiwen scroll, the reverse of the body worked with an elaborate reticulated handle attached to a band along the waist of raised 'silkworm' bosses below an incised tuft of smoke on either side the bulbous spout, one side skilfully utilising a particularly prominent white inclusion, all above a lotus petal band in raised relief above a raised everted foot.
20.5cm long.

Footnotes

  • 清中期 青白玉雕仿古匜

    René Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé describes the guang as 'a latecomer' and 'short-lived' but 'the most distinctive of all the wine containers' found in the corpus of archaic bronze forms. However, compared to the extravagantly cast animal form bronze prototypes found in, Bronze Vessels of Ancient China in the Avery Brundage Collection, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1977, the current lot is restrained in comparison. See Michael Knight's essay in Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, San Francisco, 2007, for a detailed history of the use of archaism in the aesthetic of mid to late Qing hardstone carvings.
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