A spinach-green jade archaistic incense burner and cover, gui Qianlong/Jiaqing (3)

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Lot 105
A spinach-green jade archaistic incense burner and cover, gui
Qianlong/Jiaqing

Sold for HK$ 375,000 (US$ 47,771) inc. premium
A spinach-green jade archaistic incense burner and cover, gui
Qianlong/Jiaqing
Carved around the sides with confronted archaistic dragons, flanked by a pair of handles in the form of chi dragons clambering through horizontal loops, raised on a splayed foot encircled by pendent petals, with a key-fret border around the rim and foot ring, the domed cover with a narrow band of taotie masks interrupted by ingot-shaped flanges, below the circular knop carved with a coiled dragon in relief, the stone of varying darker and lighter spinach-green tones, fitted box. 14.2cm (5 5/8in) wide (3).

Footnotes

  • 乾隆/嘉慶 碧玉雕仿古蓋爐

    Provenance:
    Christie's London, 6 June 1988, lot 16
    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17 November 1988, lot 429

    來源:
    倫敦佳士得,1988年6月6日,拍品16
    香港蘇富比,1988年11月17日,拍品429

    The archaistic design of taotie masks, notched flanges and chi dragon handles on the present lot, is consistent with the Qing court's fascination with antiquity, which influenced jade craftsmanship. The Qianlong emperor proposed to 'restore ancient ways', reflecting on his concerns with drawing moral strength and righteousness from the examples of the Ancients; see Chang Li-tuan, The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, Taipei, 1997, p.49.

    碧玉玉質,圓形,足壁外撇,爐身兩側雕螭龍耳,鏤雕盤龍作蓋鈕,蓋面出戟,雕獸面紋,爐身雕夔龍紋。此蓋爐紋飾仿古代青銅彝器,與乾隆帝慕古求新之藝術品味有關,為清宮仿古玉器佳例之一。有關宮廷仿古玉雕之討論,見《宮廷之雅:清代仿古及畫意玉器特展圖錄》,台北,1997年,頁49。
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