Chinese jade vase of flattened rectangular tapered baluster form with two mythological animal mask and loose ring handles, carved in low relief on each side with a double-xi character, encircled by stylised peony flowerheads on scrolling branches linked by a ruyi-head and ring in a recessed frame beneath archaic-style lappets and ruyi-heads all between incised keyfret bands on the rim and foot, the sides with two individual xi characters each within a frame with a single ruyi-head border, the stone very pale celadon with slight natural darker markings.

8 ⅛ inches, 20.6 cm high.

Qianlong, 1736-1795.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Captain James Gunter of the King’s Dragoon Guards, who was in command of ‘G’ Troop in China in 1860.
  • Sold by Duke’s, Dorchester, in their auction of Treasures from the Summer Palace, 19th May 2011, lot 83, pp. 90/1.
  • A spinach vase of similar form, Qianlong mark and period, formerly in the collections of Alfred Morrison, Fonthill House, and the collection of H.M. Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, is illustrated by Jonathan Woolf, Angela McAteer & Colin Sheaf in The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jade, no. 25, pp. 106/7; another related vase is illustrated by Chen Qi Zhen & Liu Jing Xiang in Chinese Jade from the Stony Collection, pp. 118/9.
  • A similar vase and cover of this form also with double xi characters, previously in the R. Norris Shreve collection, was sold by Sotheby’s New York in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 16th September 2009, lot 260, pp. 98/9.
  • Shuangxi, double happiness is a wedding motif.