Chinese jade cup of hu form, with a ring handle extending into an upturned lip, the well-hollowed thin body carved on the neck with a wide band of three circular medallions, each within a rope border on a scroll ground within a raised band, above trefoil petals and incised ruyi-scrolls on the body and beneath a lappet band at the rim, on a upright tall foot with relief edge.
The stone pale celadon with natural russet markings.
3 15/16 inches, 10 cm high
Song dynasty, 11th/12th century.
- Formerly in the collection of Mrs. F. M. Babs Clements, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
- Included by Marchant in their 80th anniversary exhibition of Chinese Jade from Han to Qing, 2005, no. 105, p. 123.
- A similar cup from the collection of Major-General Sir Neill and Captain Dugald Malcolm, K.C.B., D.S.O. was included by R. C. Bruce, Dr. T. K. Cheng, Basil Gray and S. Howard Hansford in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition of Chinese Jades, 1948, no. 112, pl. VII; another is illustrated by René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé in Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, pl. XXXVIII, pp. 90/1, collection number B60J222; another was included by Douglas J. K. Wright in his exhibition of Chinese and Japanese works of art, including a selection of items from private collections, 1972, no. 15; another from the collection of Desmond Gure was included by Basil Gray and Desmond Gure in The Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition of The Arts of the Sung Dynasty, an exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1960, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, vol. 32, 1959-60, no. 281, pl. 90; another from Spink & Son Ltd. is illustrated by Roger Keverne in Jade, fig. 2, p. 112.