14. M4990



Chinese jade rhyton, gong, with long rope-twist handle carved on the body with a wide band of archaic-style mythical creatures hidden amongst scrolls with a high relief chilong dragon with long curled tail and distinctive claws.

The stone pale celadon and brown with natural russet markings.

5 3/8 inches, 13.7 cm high.

Late Ming/early Qing dynasty, 16th/17th century.


Natural flaws.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by William Clayton, 38 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, 1960-1985, by repute.
  • A similar rhyton in the Musée Guimet, Paris, gift of G. Gieseler in 1932, collection no. MG 18355, is illustrated by Huei-chong Tsao, Marie-Catherine Ray and Sophie Makariou in the exhibition of Jade from Emperors to Art Deco at the Musée Guimet, 2016, cat. no. 97, p. 119; another from the collection of Sir Harry and Lady Garner, also dated to the Ming dynasty, was included by Basil Gray, Jessica Rawson and John Ayers in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, an exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1975, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 40, 1973-75, no. 307, p. 96.