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A WELL-CARVED RETICULATED GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT

QIANLONG

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A WELL-CARVED RETICULATED GREEN JADE BRUSHPOT
Qianlong
The sides carved in deep, crisp relief and pierced with a continuous scene of several scholars and their attendants in a mountain retreat, a scholar seated at a painting table holding his wine cup as it is refilled by an attendant, a fellow scholar standing to the other side with his hands raised in excitement, the reverse with a scholar holding a staff standing on a terrace while two further scholars cross a bridge and another attendant carries a wine ewer, all surrounded by trees, bamboo and rocks, the base carved as rockwork, the stone of mottled dark green color; together with a mottled green jade dish, 18th century, the rounded sides flaring slightly towards the rim and carved in shallow relief with a frieze of pendent cicada blades; and a mottled dark green serpentine bowl
Brushpot 6 3/8in. (16.3cm.) high, one wood stand (3)

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Qianlong-dated dark green jade brushpots of this type have been published, some reticulated like the present example, and all with the same kind of fine, deep carving. Compare the example included in the exhibition, Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 19 - May 19, 1996, Catalogue, p. 69, pl. 35 and one illustrated by Pierre-F. Schnelberger, The Baur Collection, Chinese Jades and other Hardstones, Geneva, 1976, no. B98, which also has rocks carved on the base
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