A pale green jade stem bowl 15th century (2)

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 8
A pale green jade stem bowl
15th century

HK$ 300,000 - 500,000
US$ 38,000 - 64,000
A pale green jade stem bowl
15th century
Simply and skilfully carved with gently flaring sides and everted lip, standing on a tall, slightly-spreading hollow stem, the stone of a subtle pale green tone with delicate striations, wood stand.
13.3cm (5 1/4in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 十五世紀 青玉雕高足盌

    Provenance 來源:
    Somerset de Chair (1911-1995)

    Fine jade vessels such as the present lot were some of the most prized objects collected in the Ming and later periods. Texts, archaeological evidence and sumptuary laws make clear that jade vessels were considered far more precious than gold or other precious metals: Craig Clunas points out that in the sixteenth year of Zhengde (1521), it was decreed that even officials of the first and second ranks were not allowed jade vessels, but only ones of gold: see 'Regulation of Consumption and the Institution of Correct Morality by the Ming State', Sinica Leidensia, vol.XXVII, 1993, pp.39-49.

    The present bowl is particularly pleasing in its proportions, with a wide, welcoming brim, generously rounded body and elegant foot. In form it recalls the elegant porcelain stem cups of the Yongle and Xuande periods: see for example the anhua decorated tianbai-glazed stem cup, Yongle mark and period, illustrated by J.Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, no.3:1 or the anhua stem cup with underglaze red fruit decoration, Xuande period, ibid., no.4:7.

    A stem bowl of similar proportions and jade tone, dated to the early Ming dynasty, from the collection of Gerald Godfrey was included in the exhibition Chinese Jade: The Image from Within, Pacific Asia Museum, 1986, Catalogue, no.75, where it was noted that the particular colour of the jade was known as 'ox-hair', presumably referring to the attractive darker hair-like lines running through the stone.

    A darker green stem bowl of narrower brim is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 7: Ming Dynasty, Beijing, 2010, no.213, and another described as 'greenish-grey' jade from the collection of Captain Dugald Malcolm was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1975, no.344. See also a related stem cup in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by M.Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, no.34.

    青色玉質,有均勻微褐沁,油潤肥美。撇口,弧壁,高圈足,足外侈,通體素面無飾以表現玉質恬靜、高雅之質美,是雅俗共賞難得的精品。

    此高足碗造型端莊秀美,像這種精美華麗的玉器在明代和後期被視為十分珍貴的物品。根據不同的考古文獻和歷代政府下的禁奢令,玉石遠比金器和其他貴金屬器更為貴重。著名學者Craig Clunas指出,明朝正德十六年(1521年)曾詔令:一品、二品官員,飲食器皿只許用黃金,不能用玉器,見其論著"Regulation of Consumption and the Institution of Correct Morality by the Ming State",發表於《Sinica Leidensia》,卷XXVII,1993年,頁39-49。

    本器口沿外撇,深弧腹,線條十分優美,比例均勻,隽雅俊逸。其典雅的器形具有明永宣瓷器高足杯的風格,參考一件明永樂的甜白釉暗花紋高足杯,著錄於J.Harrison-Hall,《Ming Ceramics in the British Museum》,倫敦,2001年,編號3:1;也見一件明宣德釉裏紅暗花高足杯,同上,編號4:7。

    Gerald Godfrey收藏中有一件明初的高足杯,其器形比例和玉的色澤與本器相似,曾於1986年出展於亞太博物館《Chinese Jade: The Image from Within》展覽中,見其圖錄編號75,值得注意的是這件玉器的色澤被描述為牛毛紋,應指玉材裏細如牛毛狀的沁色。

    故宮博物院藏一件玉質稍暗青色、高足較細的高足盌,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編7》,北京,2010年,圖版213。Dugald Malcolm上尉收藏中也有一件灰綠玉的高足碗,曾於1975年在維多利亞阿爾伯特博物館出展於東方陶瓷學會《Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages》展覽中,編號344。再參考一件維多利亞阿爾伯特博物館的例子,見Ming Wilson,《Chinese Jades》,倫敦,2004年,編號34。
Contacts
A pale green jade stem bowl 15th century (2)
A pale green jade stem bowl 15th century (2)
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine and Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% up to HK$200,000 of the Hammer Price
26% from HK$200,001 to HK$7,500,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from HK$7,500,001 to HK$50,000,000 of the Hammer Price
14.5% over HK$50,000,000 of the Hammer Price.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

App