A finely carved white jade 'marriage bowl', mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795)

Lot 614. A finely carved white jade 'marriage bowl', mark and period of Qianlong (1736-1795); 9 in., 23 cm. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 288,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

the white stone with a few opaque whiter inclusions and scattered russet accents, carved as a wide basin with deep rounded sides, the exterior carved in low relief with scrolling Indian lotus with projecting central stamens, the interior with two swallows elegantly turning by a large spray of prunus, the sides flanked by D-form ear-handles finely reticulated with a coiling qilong dragon grasping sprays of nandina berries and asters, the base with four short splayed bracket feet and finely incised with a four-character mark.

ProvenanceSpink & Son Ltd., London, circa 1960s.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, including Property from the Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, 19-20 march 2007.