• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1913

    AN UNUSUAL 'DREAMSTONE' MARBLE-INSET ZITAN TABLESCREEN

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN UNUSUAL 'DREAMSTONE' MARBLE-INSET ZITAN TABLESCREEN
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The rectangular white marble panel well-figured with grey and green veins depicting a mountain range shrouded in misty clouds, the slab set within a zitan frame, with a stand formed by two thick scrolled feet, from which rise vertical posts flanked on either side with dragon-form openwork spandrels carved with chi dragons above and on the aprons in high relief
    34 1/4 x 22 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (87 x 57.8 x 24.7 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Marble panels of this type, where the natural markings suggest ink landscape paintings, were treasured by scholars and were popular from at least the Ming dynasty onwards. These 'stone paintings', predominantly made of marble quarried from Dali in Yunan province, were prominently displayed in scholars' studios and gardens, as well as imperial pavilions

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY