Mutton fat White Nephrite Jade
Height: 11.5 inches, Width: 7.5 inches
Qing Period (清朝)
This impressive large covered nephrite jade vase depicts the Eight Precious Things on the front and rear panels. The handles on the neck on either side depict stylized lingzhi shapes symbolic of a wish for longevity. The Shou character appears in the center of each panel. The symbolism of the vase suggests it would have been appropriate for a birthday celebration or wedding.
The interior is well hollowed adding to the luminosity of the material. The coloration of the material is a mutton fat white with slight yellowish cast. The artist has cleverly utilized the natural inclusions in the original jade boulder into the overall design. This subtle characteristic together with the working of the raised designs shows a Qing dynasty approach and is consistent with other examples of the period. In our opinion, the subject matter, workmanship and excellent material suggest a Qing Dynasty date for this important work of art.
Formerly in a Distinguished American Collection
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