A fine and rare gold-lined jade-mounted bamboo veneered box and cover Qianlong (the jade cover Ming dynasty)
Lot 450
A fine and rare gold-lined jade-mounted bamboo veneered box and cover Qianlong (the jade cover Ming dynasty)
Sold for HK$ 192,000 (US$ 24,774) inc. premium
Auction Details
A fine and rare gold-lined jade-mounted bamboo veneered box and cover Qianlong (the jade cover Ming dynasty)
Lot Details
The Property of a Lady
A fine and rare gold-lined jade-mounted bamboo veneered box and cover
Qianlong (the jade cover Ming dynasty)
The jade cover of an even white colour, intricately worked with a crane and turtle on a wondrous island, possibly Penglai, with an exotic palm tree and lingzhi fungus, amidst swirling mystical clouds enclosing a sphere incised with a shou character, the exterior of the box decorated with layers of bamboo veneer intricately carved with six rows of leiwen scroll and branches of luxuriant blooming flowering apple (malus spectabilis) in green, the interior of the box and cover extravagantly gold-lined.
6.5cm long.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 竹黃雕海裳紋鑲長壽紋白玉蓋盒
    (明代玉蓋)

    Provenance來源:
    Lowenadler Collection (affixed collector's label, no.580)
    John Sparks Ltd., London
    An English private collection

    Bamboo veneer, originally produced in Jiangxi province, became a favoured medium at the Imperial court in the early Qianlong period. The layering effect, under which thin layers are superimposed upon each other, enables highly complex and vivid design elements, as in the current box and cover. Intricately carved against a dense archaistic leiwen ground, it compares favourably with the most finest preserved pieces in the Palace Museum, Beijing.

    For two other bamboo-veneer boxes inlaid with jade on the cover, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Small Refined Articles of the Study, Shanghai, 2009, pg. 298, pl. 297. The jade on the current box emanates from the late Ming dynasty, and its charming landscape is reminiscent of contemporaneous literati paintings. For a Ming jade plaque with similar naturalistic treatment of animals and plants, see a closely related example preserved in Beijing Art Museum in the Wanli era Wanshou temple, illustrated in Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics. Jades, Beijing, 2002, pg. 147, pl. 149.

    The use of a rare jade plaque as a cover for this bamboo veneer box would have been an expensive commission. The subject matter of the plaque, with the crane facing the turtle, recalls the four character expression 'guihe yannian' (亀鹤延年), ('turtle and crane, longevity), which implies longevity and marital bliss, suggests a highly desirable gift, possibly a jewellery box to a high-ranking court lady.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first HKD800,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from HKD800,001 to HKD1,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over HKD1,000,000 of the Hammer Price.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Vincent Wu
    Auction Administration - Chinese Paintings
    Bonhams
    Work
    Suite 2001, One Pacific Place
    Hong Kong
    Work + 852 3607 0016
  2. Meilin Wang
    Specialist - Chinese Paintings
    Bonhams
    Work
    Suite 2001, One Pacific Place
    Hong Kong
    Work +852 2918 4321
    FaxFax: +852 2918 4320