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    Sale 2238

    Masterworks of Ancient and Imperial China

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 589

    A RARE SUZHOU WHITE JADE OVAL PENDANT

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SUZHOU WHITE JADE OVAL PENDANT
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    Finely carved on one side with a man seated fishing on a river bank framed by rock faces and a pine branch overhead, the mist at the top trailing onto the reverse where it obscures the upper trunk of a broad paulownia tree carved in low relief in running script with a five-character inscription with two seals reading, zi gang, the stone of even tone and softly polished, attached to a red cord wrapped with seed pearls and strung with a lapis bead carved with two peaches
    Pendant 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long, box


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    The inscription on the pendant may be read song xi yin sheng tu (the pine and streams hide a scenic view).
    The town of Suzhou, famous for its gardens and canals, was also one of the main cultural centers in China, attracting many painters, calligraphers, poets, musicians and other talented individuals. Their pursuits and interests form the main subject matter of the group of acclaimed jade and agate carvings executed in a style unique to the area. It was in Suzhou, during the late Ming dynasty, that the workshop associated with Lu Zigang was established. The carvings produced by Zigang during this period were regarded as being of the highest quality throughout the Qing dynasty, and many later carvings bear his name.
    Compare a related white jade oval pendant, dated to the 18th century, also signed zi gang, from the Du Breuil Collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 April 2001, lot 792.

    Provenance

    Stephen Junkunc, III.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION