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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1928

    A SET OF TEN SOAPSTONE APPLIQUE AND PAINTED EROTIC-SUBJECT PANELS

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    A SET OF TEN SOAPSTONE APPLIQUE AND PAINTED EROTIC-SUBJECT PANELS
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Comprising of five cloth-covered wood-framed panels, each fitted with a sliding cover, opening to reveal interior scenes depicting figures in erotic pursuits, variously set in terraced landscape and interior scenes, finely rendered with varying coloured carved soapstone, the details finely incised and picked out with coloured ink and gilt, with an ink inscription to the reverse of one panel, Chun Se Guan Ren, 'An Amorous Gentleman'
    5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) high, 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) wide (10)


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    A set of eight soapstone-inlaid panels with similar erotic themes was sold at Christie's London, 4 November 2008, lot 40.

    Provenance

    Acquired in China in the 1920s or 1930s by a Japanese collector