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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 1522

    A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE BOWL

    Price Realised  

    A FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE BOWL
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Of circular form supported on four rectangular feet, carved around the steep interior and exterior sides in low relief with swallows in flight among gnarled flowering camellia branches, the darker and opaque inclusions cleverly used and disguised as part of the rising branches, the bowl divided by a pair of elaborate winged dragon handles suspending loose-rings, the stone of a semi-translucent tone with a creamy tinge and scattered opaque inclusions
    8½ in. (21.5 cm.) wide, stand


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    The use of inclusions in the carved decoration and the sparsely decorated flawless side of the bowl is demonstrative of the carver's technical skill. The use of slightly flawed material on a carving of this high quality would point towards an early 18th century date when good quality flawless white jade material of this size would have been less readily available than later in the century.

    Provenance

    Christie's London, 17 December 1981, lot 391


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 89


    Exhibited

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