An exceptional Imperial white jade 'Dragon and Hehe Erxian' vase and cover  Qianlong
Lot 199
An exceptional Imperial white jade 'Dragon and Hehe Erxian' vase and cover Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 1,100,000 (US$ 141,855) inc. premium
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The Property of a Gentleman (lots 190-205)
An exceptional Imperial white jade 'Dragon and Hehe Erxian' vase and cover
Qianlong
Of slightly flattened globular form with a thick recessed oval foot and neck, the exterior vividly worked in varying levels of relief with a ferocious five-claw dragon depicted in pursuit of a flaming pearl, the menacing mythical creature with fearsome facial expression flanked by a pair of horns and free-flowing whiskers, its bulging eyes staring at two bats in flight and the two young deities Hehe and Erxian, each depicted carrying a fruit of longevity and a double gourd, happily trespassing on a field of lingzhi, all above defined rockworks issuing floral and bamboo growth, the domed cover with a knotted knop; together with the original zitan stand carved with further dense rockworks and foliate scrolls and shrubs in reticulation above silver-inlaid keyfret border and pierced archaistic feet.
9.3cm high. (3).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉浮雕和合二仙龍紋水盂

    It is extremely rare to find an Imperial white jade vase preserved with its original zitan stand, produced for the court. The workmanship on the vase and cover is of the highest quality, boldly defining the auspicious combination of the twin deities Hehe Erxian and an Imperial dragon. For a white jade vase and cover from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, with similar workmanship of dragons depicted chasing a flaming pearl, worked in relief from the surface of the vase in the same bold style, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware II, Shanghai, 2008, p.28, pl.21.
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