A rare pale green jade inscribed pouring vessel, yi, Ming Dynasty. Sold for HK$ 437,500 (€46,128). Photo Bonhams.
Raised on three small feet with a squared handle opposite the pouring lip, elegantly decorated on each side of the body with a sinuous chilong below a narrow band of scrolls, the base with a six-character zhuanshu inscription, the stone of a pale green tone with very slight pale grey-brown inclusions, silver-inlaid pierced wood stand. 11.2cm (4 1/2in) long (2).
Provenance: W.G.Wrigley, prior to 1936
Roger Keverne Ltd., London, acquired on 10 May 2002
A distinguished English private collection
Published: S.C.Nott, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London, 1936, opposite page 43, pl.XXXI
Notes: The inscription reads 子孫其永寶用 Zi sun qi yong bao yong which translates as: ‘My sons and grandsons may preciously make use of it in eternity.’
Compare a related jade pouring vessel, yi, Ming dynasty, illustrated in Studies of the Collections of the National Museum of China: Jade, Beijing, 2007, pl.210.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 27 Nov 2014 14:30 HKT – HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY