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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1976

    A FINELY CARVED PALE CELADON JADE BRUSHPOT, BITONG

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINELY CARVED PALE CELADON JADE BRUSHPOT, BITONG
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Of cylindrical form, finely carved in low relief with a Chinese cabbage, baicai, with long furled leaves, growing amidst rockwork, the stone of even pale celadon tone
    4 in. (10 cm. ) high, box


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    This subject-matter is more commonly found on bamboo brushpots of the mid-Qing period, such as the example illustrated by S. Kwan, Ming and Qing Bamboo, 2000, pp-324-5, no. 89. The Chinese cabbage signifies a humble life and was a popular subject among scholars for its simplicity and unassuming form.