27 May 2008,
Price Realised HKD 4,567,500
A FINELY CARVED SPINACH-GREEN JADE BOULDER
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Of thick irregular form, deeply carved on one side with two scholars
and an attendant carrying books approaching a pavilion containing a
kang set with books, all within a setting of trees and rocky
outcroppings, the reverse with two further attendants on a path within a similar setting, the stone of deep, rich green colour with fine black speckling
8 3/8in. (21.3cm.) high, stand
New York +1 212 636 2000
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Previously sold at Christie's New York, 20 September 2002, lot 207.
During the Qianlong reign, the Emperor requested that jade mountains, as well as plaques and panels with scenes of mountainous landscapes, take their artistic influence from the work of famous painters.
Carvings of mountains can be found in a number of different sizes and depicting varied scenes representing idealized landscapes upon which the collector would contemplate. The virtuosity of the carver is demonstrated here with the remarkable depth and use of relief carving to depict the layered mountain and three dimensional scenes.
Miss H. E. Ionides, London
Property from a California Estate
International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1935-6, no. 2785.