A celadon jade magnolia-shaped vase

The vase is boldly carved and pierced in the form of a large magnolia blossom partially unfolded to form a deep cup-shaped container, supported on intertwined stems growing from low rockwork. The sides of the vase are carved in relief with smaller flowers and a head of lingzhi. The stone is of pale celadon colour with some brownish suffusions and inclusions. 

Christie’s Paris, 13th December 2017, lot 149
Collection of Jean Langlois (1896-1949), acquired in Asia prior to 1950 and thence by descent in the family.

For a vase of similar construction, but with the principal container in the form of a head of lingzhi fungus, see 中國玉器全集 5 隋·唐—明 “The Complete Works of Chinese Jade 5 Sui·Tang-Ming”, p. 216.

Dimensions: Height: 18 cm, 7 inches

Date: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)

Stock No. 2229

Price: On Request