The Property of a Gentleman (lots 190-205)
An exceptional Imperial white jade 'Dragon and Hehe Erxian' vase and cover
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).