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Théière couverte en jade blanc sculpté. Chine, fin de la dynastie Qing (1644-1911)Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012

De forme octogonale, épurée, la panse et l'anse rehaussées de délicates fleurs de prunus, la prise du couvercle en forme de bouton, petits rehauts de patine rouille, socle en bois. Hauteur: 13,8 cm. (5 3/8 in.). Lot 153. Estimate €20,000 - €30,000. Price Realized €361,000

A Carved White Jade Octogonal Ewer and Cover

Provenance: Property from an important Swiss collection, acquired in the 1950's

NotesThe simple, uncrowded design on the sides of the present teapot relates to designs and liberal use of space found on Yongzheng ceramics. The sparseness and subtlety of the design is also intended to place emphasis on the beauty of the near flawless material.
Compare the current teapot with some related examples from the Qianlong period, two illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of The Palace Museum - Jadeware (III), Hong Kong 1995, pp.257-258, pl. 212 and 213 ; another illustrated in A Romance with Jade - From the De An Tang collection, September 2004, pp.158-159, pl.96 ; see also the white jade teapot sold by Christie's Hong Kong, 29 and 30 October 2001, lot 704

Christie's. Art d'Asie. 12 June 2012. Paris