明 约 1600 青玉仿古单耳杯
Dimensions: 13.8cm high, 7.7cm diameter
– Formerly in the Collection of G. Ribbins Peletier, Esq.
– Sotheby’s Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, London, 16 May 2007, lot 260
Stanley Charles Nott, ‘Chinese jade throughout the ages’,Japan, 1962, Plate XXV
The body on three stylised feet decorated with animal masks. The feet carved in relief around the sides with a confronting archaistic dragon and phoenix on a studded ground, separated by a cylindrical flanged loop handle decorated with scroll motifs, all between key-fret bands at the rim and base, the cover with a central yinyang knop surrounded by three recumbent rams separated by three taotie mask motifs, the mottled stone of light celadon tone with brown and russet inclusions.
Compare a similar cup without a cover, sold at Sotheby’s New York, March, 20th 2007, lot 623. Another similar cup can be found in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1972, plate L, p. 115, where it is mentioned that a comparable cup excavated from a Ming dynasty tomb dated 1676 and located outside of Beijing, is illustrated in Wenwu, Beijing, 1963, fig. 18, no. 1, p. 42.