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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1556

    A WHITE JADE 'HORSE AND MONEY' GROUP

    Price Realised  

    A WHITE JADE 'HORSE AND MONEY' GROUP
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Well carved in the round as a recumbent horse with its head turned, back towards on a monkey clambering on its back, playfully teasing the horse by pulling on the horse's harness, the even white stone mottled with russet patches highlighting the carving
    3 in. (7.7 cm.) wide


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    The combination of the horse and monkey forms the rebus Ma shang feng hou, an auspicious wish for a speedy promotion to a higher rank of office. As such, the subject-matter was particularly popular for those hoping for elevated position in officialdom. This charming portrayal continued into the later period.

    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no.184.


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, March 13-26, 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004