A fine and rare white jade archaistic tripod incense burner and cover Qianlong
Lot 100
A fine and rare white jade archaistic tripod incense burner and cover
Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 1,720,000 (US$ 221,931) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine and rare white jade archaistic tripod incense burner and cover
Qianlong
Crisply and exquisitely carved with a decorative band around the body consisting of stylised archaistic scrolls divided by six shallow vertical flanges, three ending in an animal-head foot, the sides flanked by a pair of handles each formed as a stylised bird facing outwards with strongly-curving wings reaching back to the censer, the body ending in a bifurcated scroll, the cover similarly carved with a decorative band and flanges, beneath three elegant ram heads, each with long ears and a pair of twisted horns, all surmounted by the reticulated finial carved with a front-facing dragon grasping the flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls, wood stand.
18cm wide. (3).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉雕饕餮紋雙鳥耳蓋爐

    Provenance 來源:
    Sotheby's London, 28th October 1983, lot 201
    Sold by Roger Keverne Ltd., London, 27 October 1998
    A Western private collection
    倫敦蘇富比,1983年10月28日,編號201
    倫敦Roger Keverne公司售出,1998年10月27日
    西方私人收藏

    During the reign of the Emperor Qianlong, archaistic works of art and decorative styles were very widely available. The band of archaistic scrolls carved on the present lot is for instance an eighteenth century interpretation of the patterns and scrolls frequently cast on archaic bronze vessels from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770BC-221BC). Compare with the curved scrolls and long grooves forming the bodies of stylised dragons and other beasts on a fanghu from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, in the Smithsonian Institution, illustrated by Jenny So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arther M. Sackler Collections, Volume III, New York, 1995, pp.226-227, pl.37. The notched flanges on the present incense burner are also based on flanges on earlier bronzes such as those found on a zun, 11th century BC, illustrated by Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Massachusetts, 1987, pp.292-295, pl.49.

    The finely carved stylised phoenix handles are also taken from earlier bronze forms. Examples of Qianlong jade vessels with phoenix handles can be found in prestigious private collections; see for example a white jade ding, Qianlong period, in the Pine and Bamboo Hall Collection, illustrated in Virtuous Treasures, Chinese Jades for the Scholar's Table, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.56-57, pl.10. See also a white jade incense burner, Qianlong period, in the Songzhutang Collection, illustrated in The Splendour of Jade. The Songzhutang Collection of Jade, Hong Kong, 2011, pp.152-153, pl.126.

    白玉玉質,以圓雕作鼎式爐,爐蓋上紐為透雕盤龍一隻,龍頭居中,龍身盤成一圈。蓋面上有三組獸面紋,並等距凸雕三個獸頭,似為羊頭。爐身也有三組與爐蓋相對應的獸面紋,爐耳為兩隻鳳凰造型,雙前爪抓住邊沿。下部為三隻獸面足。造型古樸,典雅,爐蓋鏤空應為焚香出煙之用。

    此蓋爐上所雕刻仿古紋樣多見於東周青銅器之上,參看賽克勒舊藏一件東周方壺,著錄與Jenny So,《Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arther M. Sackler Collections》,第三卷,紐約,1995年,頁2260227,其上獸面為則可能為此類仿古玉器紋飾原型。而蓋上之出戟裝飾則是防止公元前十一世紀青銅器,見Robert W. Bagley,《Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections》,麻薩諸塞州,1987年,頁292-295,圖版49。而其鳳凰式爐耳亦是參考早期青銅器而作,帶有鳳耳的乾隆玉雕件,可見水松石山房主人舊藏一件白玉鼎,並著錄與《Virtuous Treasures, Chinese Jades for the Scholar's Table》,香港,2008年,頁56-57,圖版10。另見松竹堂舊藏一件清乾隆白玉雕香爐,著錄與《The Splendour of Jade. The Songzhutang Collection of Jade》,香港,2011年,頁152-153,圖版126。
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