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An Exceptional Carved White Jade Lion Dog And Vase With Zitan Wood Stand.

The lion dog is shown seated on its hind legs, neatly tucked beneath its stomach with its scrolling tail and curling brows, positioned next to an archaic gu-form vase. The vase of flattened rectangular form with flared mouth is carved to the centre with an imposing elaborate taotie mask motif, surrounded by carved key fret design.

The zitan wood stand heavily carved with open work and lingzhi fungus reaching continuously up to surround the feet of the dog but levelled in a flat support under the vase.

Height: 11.9 CM, 43⁄4 INCHES

Provenance: C.C. TIH Gallery, Princes Building Hong Kong 1973,

Private American collection

For a similar carved gu form vase dated to the Qianlong period see

Regina Krahl, Carol Michaelson and Teng Shu-P’ing The Woolf Collection Of Chinese Jade (London, 2013) no.26, p.108

And a related gu form vase with a dragon, see Sotheby’s, Important Chinese Art, (New York, Septem- ber 2017) lot 222 “A large white jade dragon vase”

Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period 1736-1795