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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 1516

    A FINE WHITE JADE BRUSHWASHER

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    Estimate

    A FINE WHITE JADE BRUSHWASHER
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Of circular dish-form with plain rounded sides, supported on three short convex feet, the finely polished interior is carved with a pair of confronted cat-fish divided by a lingzhi spray forming a medallion, the translucent stone of even white tone
    3 5/16 (8.5 cm.) diam., stand


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    The cat-fish motif was commonly used in Chinese iconography from the Song dynasty onwards. Its name, nian, is a homophone for the word for 'year', and the cat-fish's head is shaped like a ruyi fungus. In this instance, the combined imagery of the two cat-fish and the lingzhi spray forms the auspicious greeting, nian nian ruyi, 'May your wishes come true, year after year', which is particularly apt as a New Year salutation. It also forms the rebus jixiang youyu, which is a wish for great fortune and abundance. On a more basic level, paired fish also symbolise a successful marriage.

    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no.103


    Exhibited

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