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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 1524

    A BROWN-STREAKED PALE CELADON JADE BRUSHPOT WITH ACCESSORIES

    Price Realised  

    A BROWN-STREAKED PALE CELADON JADE BRUSHPOT WITH ACCESSORIES
    QING DYNASTY 17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Exquisitely carved in the form of a knotted section of a pine trunk, the sides carved with gnarled branches and clusters of pine needles cleverly taken from the brownish inclusion of the stone; together with three scepters: one of white jade applied with hardstones depicting bats among flowers and lingzhi; one of spinach-green jade inlaid with white jade plaques depicting the sanduo; a small red coral ruyi inlaid with turquoise, and a cylindrical jade pen carved in high relief with dragons and archaistic scrolls (4)
    6 1/8 in. (15.7 cm.) high, stand


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    Brushpots of this large size would undoubtedly have been used to keep varied scholars objects including brushes, ruyi and scrolls. The imagery on the current brushpot and its accessories abounds with auspicious symbolism. The ruyi, rarely found in the small size, and very auspicious in their own right, are here further embellished with auspicious motifs such as the sanduo representing the wishes for blessings, long life and many sons.

    In the catalogue entry for the present lot, Robert Kleiner notes that "The stylised markings on the surface of the vessel, which have much in common with contemporary bamboo brushpots, are typical motifs of the Transitional and early Qing period." This early Qing dating is also consistent with the carver's good use of material with some darker inclusions which would have been deemed perfectly acceptable since flawless material in this large size would have been nearly impossible to come by until later in the 18th century.

    Compare a square spinach-green jade brushpot in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated with its accessories including a miniature ruyi and two brushes in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, vol. 6, 1991, no. 282.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's London, 1st November 1988, lot 284


    Literature

    R. Keverne, Editor, Jade, p. 169, fig. 103


    Exhibited

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