A jade circular screen with wood and stained ivory stand (incomplete)
Lot 251Y
A magnificent pale green jade circular table screen Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 3,120,000 (US$ 402,248) inc. premium

Lot Details
A magnificent pale green jade circular table screen
Qianlong
The circular panel intricately worked on both sides, the front depicting Shoulao seated on a deer and carrying a ruyi sceptre, flanked by two attendants bearing books suspended on a staff and a double gourd, following a third attendant with a cart of ripe fruits, all set within a dense deeply worked mountainous landscape, with over-hanging rockwork, gnarled pine and wutong trees and with pavilions rising in the distance, the reverse worked with eight cranes in flight and perched on a large pine tree, all amidst rocky outcrops and low-lying clouds and above turbulent waves, the attractive variations of colour on the pale green stone skilfully incorporated to convey the natural contours of the mountains, original stained ivory and carved wood stand.
21.7cm diam. (overall height including stand 35.9cm high). (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collection of Harry and Isabel Johnston, Liverpool, purchased in London in the early 1900s.

    清乾隆   青白玉仙人祝壽圓插屏

    來源:
    利物浦 Harry 與 Isabel Johnston 珍藏,1990年代購自倫敦

    Harry Johnston was the son and beneficiary of William Johnston, the well-known shipping entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was the founder of Saint Andrews Steam Shipping Co. in 1876, and a renowned philanthropist, an early benefactor to the University of Liverpool. The Johnston Laboratories and Johnston Chair of Biochemistry (the first Chair in Biochemistry to be established in the UK, in 1903) were named after him.

    Harry and his wife Isabel were great patrons of fine art, using their inherited wealth to acquire the finest artworks from auction houses and galleries in London. Upon his death, Harry bequeathed a considerable portion of his fortune to the establishment of the Johnston Family Trust.

    The quality of workmanship on the current screen compares favourably with the most outstanding examples from the Qianlong period. For jade screens with similar high quality workmanship, see a pair of circular white jade screens from the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 1511. See also a spinach jade screen from the collection of Sir John William Buchanan-Jardine, sold in these rooms, Eight Treasures from Western Collections, 4 December 2008, lot 204.
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