Lot 158. A rare and fine pale green jade 'dragon' vase, hu, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 23.8cm (9 1/3in) high. Estimate: HK$400,000 - HK$600,000. Sold for HK$ 1,875,625 (€ 213,529) inc. premium. © Bonhams 2001-2019
Deftly carved rising from a countersunk foot to a slightly everted rim, carved in high-relief with a three-clawed dragon encircling the neck above a slender body with a band of archaistic taotie masks between two further bands of ridges, the stone of a pale green tone and with minor opaque white inclusions, box.
Note: Compare with a pale green jade 'dragon' vase, Qing dynasty, similarly decorated with a sinuous dragon coiling around the vessel, illustrated in the Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 10, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, no.41. See another related example of a pale green jade 'dragon' vase, which was sold at Bonhams San Francisco, 10 December 2015, lot 8049.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 28 May 2019, 15:30 HKT, Hong Kong, Admiralty