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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 1515

    A WHITE JADE POMEGRANATE BOX AND COVER

    Price Realised  

    A WHITE JADE POMEGRANATE BOX AND COVER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The rounded fruit formed from a single pebble, carved to the exterior in openwork with two leafy branches extending around the sides and interlocking to form a hinge, the cover further carved in relief with a small cicada seated to one side above the large flowerhead straddling the box and cover, the stone of an even white tone with small russet and opaque inclusions

    3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) long


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    Previously sold at Christie's New York, 2 December 1985, lot 313.

    Compare with a very similar peach box and cover with interlocking branches joining the two halves in the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrated by M. Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p. 56, no. 58 where the author notes that this group of carvings is very impressive from a technical point of view because of the great precision it would have involved for the two halves of the box to fit together so perfectly. Another very similar pomegranate box with a small insect resting on the cover in the collection of the Seattle Art Museum is illustrated by J. Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, p. 99, no. 78.

    Literature

    Roger Keverne (ed.), Jade, London, 1991, p. 152, fig. 61 and 62
    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 86


    Exhibited

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