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A WHITE JADE IMPERIALLY INSCRIBED PLAQUE
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A WHITE JADE IMPERIALLY INSCRIBED PLAQUE

QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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A WHITE JADE IMPERIALLY INSCRIBED PLAQUE
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The tapering rectangular plaque carved in shallow relief to one side depicting four scholars at leisure, one seated and another standing by a low table, one on the ground and another standing, gazing at the moon and mountains in the distance, with an attendant kneeling to the side by the table, all set within a terraced courtyard with a small gate to the side and surrounded by chrysanthemum, various trees and foliage, with a finely incised imperial poem to the reverse, the top surmounted with a pierced pair of dragons confronting a flaming pearl and amidst swirling clouds, the stone of an even white tone
7½ in. (19 cm.) wide, wood stand
Provenance
The Collection of Sir Framjee Dinshaw Petit, 3rd Baronet & Lady Sylla Dinshaw Petit (Née Tata)
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The long inscription contains an Imperial poem praising the beauty of chrysanthemum, appreciated when one is in a drunken state. The poem refers to the famous Tang poet Tao Yuanming (circa AD365 - 427), whose love for drinking and appreciating chrysanthemum was a recurring theme in his poems.

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