29. M4988



Chinese jade bowl, wan, in the form of a hibiscus flower with two registers of overlapping petals each incised with veins and relief edges, the interior with a further flowerhead with crossed hatch centre repeated on the underside with a petal shaped foot rim.

The stone translucent white with natural markings.

5 3/8 inches, 13.7 cm diameter.

Qianlong, circa 1760.


One flaw used.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics, Jades and Works of Art, 15th December 1959, lot 144, p. 27.
  • Sold by Louis Joseph, 28 Knightsbridge, London. This was the first piece of jade that Herbert Lobl purchased from Louis Joseph.
  • A similar bowl in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated by Teng Shu-p’ing in the exhibition of Exquisite Beauty – Islamic Jades, 2007, no. 256, p. 208; a related Mughal style dish from the collection of Andrew K. F. Lee was included by Humphrey K. F. Hui and Tina Yee-wan Pang in the exhibition of Virtuous Treasures, Chinese Jades for the Scholar’s Table, 2008, no. 18, p. 68.
  • The hibiscus, fu rong hua, is a symbol of honour, glory and riches. Fu rong is also used to describe a woman’s beauty and rong hua can mean high status.