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    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1521

    A MAGNIFICENT FINELY CARVED SPINACH-GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT

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    A MAGNIFICENT FINELY CARVED SPINACH-GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The cylindrical brushpot intricately carved in deep relief with a continuous scene depicting the Four Noble Professions, including an old man with a young child seated on a boat catching fish beneath an overhanging pine tree, peasants carrying bundles of sticks up a mountain pass, a boy riding a buffalo followed by the farmer with a hoe on his shoulder waving to a lady and child behind them, and a scholar reading in a pavilion accompanied by assistants preparing tea, the stone of a rich slightly mottled spinach-green tone
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high, stand


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    Each scene on this brushpot represents one of the Four Noble Professions. This concept probably originated during Han dynasty and constitutes what was considered to be the ideal hierarchical system for the layman.

    Provenance

    The Minnesota Museum of Art, St.Paul,Minnesota, de-accessioned in 1970
    Chrisitie's London, 13 June 1990, lot 425


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 113


    Exhibited

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