Vase of gu form, carved on the wide central bulge with interlocked ruyi and further linked straps, each beneath a ruyi-head and a single rib, with flared neck and flat rim, all on a straight cylindrical foot gently flared with a flattened edge, the stone even and white.

3 ½ inches, 8.9 cm high, 2 ⅞ inches, 7.3 cm diameter.

Qianlong, 1736-1795. Wood stand.

• From a private Canadian collection.

• Purchased at Jade House, Nathan Road, Hong Kong, 21st March 1964.

• An archaic-style gu form vase imitating a bronze is illustrated by Xue Gui Sheng in Zhong Guo Yu Qi Shang Jian, ‘Appreciation and Examination of Chinese Jades’, no. 631, p. 325; another is illustrated by Ba Tong in the National Museum of History, Taiwan, exhibition of The Shiny Gem, A Jade Exhibition of Joy Arts’ Collection, p. 22; a further example, with a relief dragon in pursuit of a flaming pearl bearing a Qianlong mark and inscription on the bulge, is illustrated by Chang Li-tian in The Refine Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch’ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taiwan, no. 12, pp. 80/1; a further related vase of zun form is illustrated by Xu Xiao Dong in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Jade, Vol.10, Qing Dynasty, Gu Gong inventory no. Gu 93951, no. 50, p. 79.

• A related zhadou is illustrated by Li Jiufang in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, ‘Chinese Jade’, Vol. 6, no. 132, p. 86; another related zhadou, in the Qing Court collection and bearing a Jiaqing four- character mark, is illustrated by Zhang Guang Wen in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (III), Vol. 42, no. 195, p. 239.

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