Chinese works of art
A rare inscribed and dated 'duan' stone screen and stand
Dated by inscriptions to AD1795 and AD1801 and of the period
Finely and intricately carved on one side with a group of Immortals and deities on a tree-trunk raft floating down turbulent waters, skilfully depicted by undulating surfaces and incised wavy lines, located within a picturesque lakeside palace landscaped with rockwork and pine trees, the 'eye' of the stone used to depict the moon, with two cranes in flight above clasping arrows in their beaks ready to drop them into an 'arrow' vase below, with an inscription cyclically dated to 1795. The reverse, with six 'eyes', inscribed with an archaic inscription written in lishu script, cyclically dated to the xinyou year of the Jiaqing Emperor, corresponding to 1801, and signed 'Liu Yuan Bing', with carved wood stand.
83.7cm (33in) high. (2).