A rare jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century
Lot 142
A rare white and spinach-green jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century
Sold for £56,450 (US$ 88,951) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century A rare jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century A rare jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century A rare jade brush Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century
A rare white and spinach-green jade brush
Zheng Da Guang Ming mark, 18th/19th century
The pale green jade cylindrical brush incised and gilt with four characters, surmounted by a circular spinach-green jade finial carved as a chilong curling around to bite its own hind legs, the shaft tapering gently towards a spinach-green jade holder shaped with a narrow rib at each end and fitted with the brush hairs, wood stand. The jade altogether 25cm (9 7/8in) long (2)

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 白玉「正大光明」杆碧玉提筆

    Provenance: acquired from Spink & Son Ltd., London, on 18 October 1951
    An English private collection

    來源:1951年10月18日購於倫敦Spink & Son Ltd.
    英國私人收藏

    The four-character inscription on the present lot, Zheng Da Guang Ming, meaning 'Upright and pure in mind' appears to relate to the same four-character inscription on a plaque above the throne in the Qianqinggong in the Forbidden City, suggesting that the present brush may also have been intended for use in the Qianqinggong. The Zheng Da Guang Ming plaque was used by the Yongzheng Emperor as a hiding place for a scroll containing the name of his chosen successor, written in his own hand and only to be revealed after his death. The intention was to avoid conflict and jealousy within the Imperial court while the Emperor still lived, and to ensure a smooth succession after his death.

    Compare two related jade brushes from the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, both with white jade shafts and spinach green jade finials, but one undecorated and the other carved with a mountain scene, illustrated in Classics of the Forbidden City: Scholar's Paraphernalia, Beijing, 2009, nos.6 and 10 respectively. Another similar brush inscribed Yu zhi zhi hui wan shi li is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 9 Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl.32.
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