A Greenish-White Jade Finger Citron-Form Vase, 18th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012
The vase is carved as a large and a smaller finger citron borne on a leafy branch that forms the base, the curved ends of the 'fingers' forming each side of the openwork rim. The semi-translucent, pale celadon stone has some opaque white mottling and added russet color. 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high, wood stand Estimate $60,000 - $80,000
Notes: For related jade vases, formed as a large and a smaller finger citron borne on a leafy branch forming the base, see the example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated inAuspicious Ju-I Scepters of China, Taipei, 1995, p. 162, no. 87, and the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by M. Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p. 52, no. 51.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I. 13 - 14 September 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza