MONUMENTAL MUTTON FAT WHITE JADE VASE MARKED QIANLONG
PROVENANCE PARKE-BERNET SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK, MAY 4 1961, LOT 151
A MONUMENTAL MUTTON FAT WHITE JADE “PEONY AND PHOENIX” VASE OF EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE SIZE INSCRIBED WITH THE IMPERIAL MARK OF QIANLONG
Finely carved in high relief baluster form vase of near perfect quality white jade stone and of monumental size; resting on an undercut rockery, with flattened ovate belly, incurvate neck, oval mouth, conforming collar and a lid topped by a mushroom finial; the shoulders depicting two qilong-head masks with loop handles, the left connected to the encircling branches of the cover by chain; fronted with a magnificent partly undercut phoenix (feng) perched on an outcrop of rocks beside luxuriant peonies (fugui hua), with feathers finely detailed with striations; the lid centered by zhuanshu four-character mark.
For an 18th century vase of related form and subject depicted with a phoenix and peonies, similarly carved in openwork but of smaller proportions and topped by a beast, see Metropolitan Museum (New-York) inventory number 02.18.547a, b, formerly part of the Heber R. Bishop collection given to the museum in 1902
For a vase of related form with ringed mask handles and a hanging chain to the side, similarly carved in openwork, see one sold at Christie’s London, 10th June 1991, lot 97.
Original catalogue of the Parke-Bernet auction included.
H: 40cm – 15.75’’