A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup  Song/Yuan Dynasty (2)

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A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup
Song/Yuan Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 375,000 (US$ 48,279) inc. premium
A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup
Song/Yuan Dynasty
Exquisitely carved with a rounded body gently tapering towards a recessed base, with a high-relief sinuous dragon clambering up the vessel, and on the opposite side with a flowing goddess lavishly adorned in fluttering robes with delicate facial features, her hair tied up into chignons gazing at the dragon, the smoothly polished stone of attractive creamy white tone suffused with smoky black striations, the base incised with a later added four-character mark 'Yongbao changchun' in seal script, wood stand. 11.5cm (4 1/2in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 宋/元 灰白玉遊龍仙子盃

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's New York, 22 March 1994, lot 2
    The Songzhutang collection, no.81

    Published and Illustrated:
    T.Fok, The Splendour of Jade: The Songzhutang Collection of Jade, Hong Kong, 2011, pl.81

    The later added four-character inscription Yongbao changchun (永寶長春) has an auspicious meaning of 'Forever Spring', and was probably added during the 17th or 18th century.

    The high-relief carving of the dragon and Lady Immortal, dynamically carved around the beautifully proportioned cup, demonstrates an exceptional level of craftsmanship and ingenuity of carving. In its superb modelling and carving style it is comparable to some of the finest jade cups of the Song and Yuan dynasties, extant in important museum collections.

    The form and style of the present cup is comparable to an example of a white jade cup with two handles in the form of a dragon and a boy, Southern Song dynasty, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by M.Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p.43, pl.40. See another example of a white jade cup with two female immortals flanking as handles, Yuan dynasty, in the Cleveland Museum of Art, illustrated by J.C.Y.Watt, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, New York, 1980, p.159, pl.131. Compare also a white jade cup flanked by two female Immortals forming the handles, Song dynasty, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jades 5 Tang, Song, Liao, Jin and Yuan Dynasties, Beijing, 2011, pl.56, and which clearly was greatly admired by the Qianlong emperor, who had it reproduced, as demonstrated in a similar cup bearing a Qianlong fanggu mark and period, from the Qing Court collection, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jades 10 Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl.148.

    來源:
    紐約蘇富比,1994年3月22日,拍品編號2
    松竹堂收藏,編號81

    出版及著錄:
    霍滿棠,《韞玉生輝 - 松竹堂珍藏玉器》,香港,2011年,圖版81

    灰白玉,褐沁。盃身一旁飾曲身爬行的遊龍為器把,遊龍對面刻一面相貌祥和的仙女,亦為器把。仙女服飾華麗,雙手扶著盃沿,與遊龍兩兩相望。盃底微凹,底部凹處有後代加刻的「永寶長春」四字篆書,或為十七/十八世紀後加款。整器渾厚圓潤,製作精細,別具匠心,是難得的玉雕精品。

    本器造型和裝飾風格顯示了宋元時代玉雕之風,見倫敦維多利亞及阿伯特博物館藏一件南宋白玉遊龍童子盃,其器面刻海水雲紋,盃耳一邊浮雕龍紋,另一邊雕童子,結構與此遊龍仙子盃相類,見M. Wilson,《Chinese Jades》,倫敦,2004年,頁43,圖版40。再參考美國克利夫蘭藝術博物館藏一件元代白玉仙女盃,盃耳為腳踏雲朵的仙女,其造型結構和仙女的雕刻風格與本器相類,見J.C.Y. Watt,《Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing》,紐約,1980年,頁159,圖版131;再參考北京故宮博物院藏一件宋代青玉雙立人耳禮樂紋玉盃,與上述例子類似,也是以仙女為器把,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編5:唐宋遼金元》,北京,2011年,頁65,圖版56。此類雙耳玉盃似乎也特別受到清代乾隆皇帝青睞,參考北京故宮博物院藏一件乾隆時期的仿古作品,形制相似,底刻「大清乾隆仿古」隸書款,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編10:清》,北京,2011年,圖版148。
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A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup  Song/Yuan Dynasty (2)
A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup  Song/Yuan Dynasty (2)
A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup  Song/Yuan Dynasty (2)
A very rare jade 'dragon and lady' cup  Song/Yuan Dynasty (2)
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