A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou Qianlong (2)

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Lot 320
A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou
Qianlong

Sold for £ 158,500 (US$ 208,366) inc. premium
The Property of a Gentleman 士紳藏品
A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou
Qianlong
The circular cup with wide flat rim, the handle formed as a chilong biting and grasping the rim with two front paws, the body curving to the foot and ending in a bifurcated tail, the lid carved with taotie scroll and a lotus bloom finial, the stone of translucent even white tone. 15cm (6in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉仿古饕餮紋螭龍耳帶蓋渣斗

    Provenance: an English private collection

    來源: 英國私人收藏

    The remarkable quality of the even white jade stone is indicated in the present lot by the restraint shown by the master carver, leaving the vessel unadorned but for a narrow archaistic band around the cover, serving to accentuate the lustrous jade stone.

    The archaistic border carved in low relief around the cover is consistent with the Qianlong emperor's fascination with archaic and ancient objects. Chang Li-tuan notes in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1997, p.49 that the Qianlong emperor proposed to 'restore ancient ways', suggesting that jade carvers turn to antiquity for models, which would enable them to imbue their designs with simplicity and honesty, and so achieve refinement and elegance. The 'ancient ways' referred to the intrinsic values of sincerity, simplicity, and happy exuberance.

    For a related jade cup with wide rim and lid but without chilong handles, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade (10), Beijing, 2010, p.259, no.207.
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A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou Qianlong (2)
A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou Qianlong (2)
A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou Qianlong (2)
A fine and rare white jade spittoon and cover, zhadou Qianlong (2)
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