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    Sale 12171

    Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 954

    A LARGE WELL-CARVED PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE CARVING OF QUINCE

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A LARGE WELL-CARVED PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE CARVING OF QUINCE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    The group is finely carved in the form of a large quince and a smaller quince, both borne on a leafy, flowering branch carved in openwork at one end and in high relief on both sides. The well-polished stone of even tone has some added russet color.
    5 7/8 in. (15.5 cm.) long, wood stand, box


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    The superb quality of the carving, which captures the irregular shape of the fruit, exemplifies the high level of craftsmanship achieved by the jade carvers working under the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.

    According to Terese Tse Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 270, no. 10.2.7, the quince (tiegang haitang) is a pun for "sea" (hai) and "hall" (tang), which refers to a family's house.

    Provenance

    Bernstein & Co., San Francisco, 1998.