A green jade boulder 18th century
Lot 20*
A green jade boulder
18th century
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 34,000
Auction Details
A green jade boulder 18th century
Lot Details
A green jade boulder
18th century
Of irregular form, ingeniously carved in varying relief depicting a sage with an attendant in a mountainous landscape enclosing a pavilion above gnarled pine trees, the stone of a pale green tone, wood stand.
9cm (3½in) high (2).

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  • 十八世紀 青玉雕山水人物圖山子

    Jade carvings representing idyllic mountainous landscape scenes were popular with scholars during the Qing Dynasty, frequently portraying a single or larger number of sages often accompanied by their attendants. Such mountain carving would have graced the scholar's desk, inspiring contemplation when studying the peaceful contours of the austere jade cliffs, the pagoda hanging on a precipice and the two figures making their way towards the gnarled evergreen pine, representing long life and endurance.

    Compare a white and russet jade mountain from the Qing Court Collection, similarly carved with a sage and attendant walking towards a wutong tree below an overhanging cliff supporting a pagoda, Imperially inscribed, and attributed to the Qing Dynasty, illustrated by Zheng Xinmiao, ed., in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, 8, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl.118.
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