5. M4997



Chinese jade pouring vessel, yi, with a large ring handle extending into an upturned lip, the rim with fluting between three relief ribs, all on three short feet.

The stone opaque white with natural markings.

4 7/8 inches, 12.5 cm long spout to handle; 2 ½ inches, 6.4 cm deep.

Early Ming dynasty, 15th century.

Wood stand.


Tiny nibble on spout, natural flaws.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of Fine Chinese Jade Carvings and Jade Jewellery, 19th November 1985, lot 36.
  • A similar pouring vessel on an oval foot rim also with fluting and ribs on the rim, dated to the Tang dynasty, in the Tianjin City Art Museum, is illustrated by Yun Xizheng in The Collection of Jades in the Tianjin City Art Museum, no. 152; another from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Gure was included by Prof. Angelo Spanio and Alberto Giuganino in the catalogue of the Exhibition of Chinese Art, Venice, 1954, no. 225, p. 73 and is now in the Freer Gallery, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., accession number S1987.726; another from the collection of Helen and Peter, dated to the Ming dynasty, was included by Ip Yee in Chinese Jade Carving, an exhibition jointly presented by the Urban Council, Hong Kong, and the Min Chiu Society, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1983, no. 213, pp. 238/9.