A pale green jade 'chi dragon' cup 14th/15th century (2)

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Lot 104
A pale green jade 'chi dragon' cup
14th/15th century

Sold for HK$ 437,500 (US$ 55,734) inc. premium
A pale green jade 'chi dragon' cup
14th/15th century
The deeply-hollowed U-shaped cup with straight sides, flanked by two confronted chi dragons forming handles, clambering over the sides with their front paws extended over the rim, the cup raised on a slightly flared circular foot, the semi-translucent stone of a pale-green tone with minor russet inclusions, fitted box. 16cm (6 1/4in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 十四/十五世紀 青白玉雙龍耳杯

    The shape of the present lot is similar to that of qingbai glazed porcelain cups, made during the Southern Song and Yuan dynasties; see J.C.S. Lin, The Immortal Stone: Chinese Jades from the Neolithic Period to the Twentieth Century, Cambridge, 2009, p.69, pl.60.

    Compare a related pale green jade cup, first half 15th century, which entered the collection of Cardinal Mazarin between 1653-1661, in the Musée Guimet, Paris, illustrated by Tsao Huei-chung, Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco, Paris, 2016, no.175, where it is noted that it could be dated to as early as the Song dynasty. Compare also another pale green jade cup, Ming dynasty, the chi dragon handles also with an elaborate horn, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 7 Ming Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl.118. See also a related green jade faceted cup, Yuan dynasty, illustrated by Yang Boda, Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, Hebei, 2005, no.185.

    This form continued from the Southern Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty, as demonstrated by a related white jade octagonal cup with chi dragon handles, Qianlong seal mark and period, from the Qing Court collection, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 10 Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl.147.

    A similar but smaller white jade 'chilong' cup, 16th century (with a later spinach-jade stand), was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 6 April 2015, lot 248.

    此類玉雕雙龍耳杯可能受宋元時期影青瓷影響,見J.C.S. Lin,《The Immortal Stone: Chinese Jades from the Neolithic period to the twentieth century》,劍橋,2009年,圖版60。

    巴黎吉美博物館藏一件十五世紀或更早至宋代的青玉杯,為法國外交家朱爾·馬扎然(1653-1661)舊藏,著錄於Tsao Huei-chung,《Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco》,巴黎,2016年,編號175;另見北京故宮博物院藏一件明代青玉雙龍杯,其龍角與此杯類似,見故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編7》,北京,2011年,圖118。另見北京故宮博物院藏一件元代青玉十邊形雙耳杯,為宮廷中傳世的元代陳設玉,可資參考,見楊伯達,《中國玉器全集》,河北,2005年,圖185。

    此式雙龍耳杯至乾隆一朝亦有仿製,見北京故宮博物院藏一例,《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編10》,北京,2011年,頁196,圖147。

    香港佳士得曾售出十六世紀青玉螭龍杯一件,尺寸較小,2015年4月6日,拍品248。
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A pale green jade 'chi dragon' cup 14th/15th century (2)
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