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

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1536

    A CELADON JADE AND HARDWOOD HAT STAND

    Price Realised  

    A CELADON JADE AND HARDWOOD HAT STAND
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The domed jade hat rest carved in high relief with a pair of vigorously depicted dragons in pursuit of spinach-green jade-inset pearls, all on a ground of swirling clouds and surmounted by a large spinach-green jade knop finial, the rest raised on a slender hardwood stand supported on a thick circular base
    12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm.) high


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    Compare with a hat stand in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the Royal Academy of Arts exhibition, China: The Three Emperors, London, 2005, catalogue, p. 44. fig. 15. Another very closely related hat stand with an Qianlong Imperial inscription in the British Museum collection was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1975, no. 463.

    Hat stands were also made in a variety of different materials including cloisonne enamel, porcelain, enamelled metal and wood. Compare with a similar hat stand placed in side the Sanxitang, 'The Studio of the Three Rarities', in the Hall of Mental Cultivation (fig. 1), seen in situ in a photograph illustrated by Hu Chui, The Forbidden City, Collection of Photographs, 1995, p. 57.

    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 51


    Exhibited

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