A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens 18th/19th century
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A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens
18th/19th century
Sold for £122,500 (US$ 208,908) inc. premium
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A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens 18th/19th century A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens 18th/19th century A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens 18th/19th century
Lot Details
A rare pair of jade and hardstone-inlaid wall screens
18th/19th century
Each panel painted with a thick greyish lacquer ground and embellished with jade characters forming an Imperial poem, one table with a scene of an elephant harnessed with ivory and bearing a vase with turquoise and coral strands, leading an attendant carrying a jade pike and followed by a further attendant and two smiling old men standing beside a cauldron and ladle, all within a rocky grove of pine and wutong, the other screen with a fierce Buddhist lion rolling a tasselled brocade ball while pulling a cart laden with precious vessels with the help of three attendants while another figure carries aloft a branch, all within a similar rocky and wooded landscape, each screen bordered by a black lacquer frame painted and gilt with dragons entwined amidst foliate scrolls and a red lotus flower at the centre of each long side, each screen set within a later low table frame.
Each screen 82.5cm x 111cm (32½in x 43¾in) (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 漆嵌百寶御題詩進貢圖掛屏一對

    Both screens depict scenes of foreign tribute, such as elephants and other gifts. As such, both inscribed poems proclaim the emperor's power and benevolence over an empire full of diverse peoples including, among many others, Manchus, Mongols, Han Chinese, Tibetans, and Muslim Hui.

    One screen is inscribed:

    御製
    偏師西海勦逋逃
    取便恩宣雜種曹
    豈謂解紛更釋難
    匪徵目宿與葡萄
    情歆左部榮同被
    德惡兩階會偶遭
    厚往薄來九經式
    持益保泰一心掺

    This may be translated as:

    'Made by Imperial command

    The army flanks suppress the fugitives at the Western Sea
    then, at my leisure, I declare mercy on the group of mongrel peoples.
    Is it not said that one should pacify conflicts before solving problems?
    The bandits seek out hay and grapes, [horses and wine]
    Deeply moved by my Ministry of the Left's sacrifices, I empathise with them.
    Virtue and evil, master and servant will collide now and then.
    To grant much and receive little is the way of the Nine Truths [of governance] One must uphold good and preserve peace with one's whole heart.'

    The other screen is inscribed:

    御製
    呼偈披忱寵賜新
    夙沙交臂又來賓
    命師底用张二伐
    安遠唯因恤兆人
    正喜捷音來禁花
    還期鞠旅共賢臣
    水西流處均東面
    天佑欽承倍敬寅

    Which may be translated as:

    'Made by Imperial Command

    'The Hujie prostrate themselves before the Emperor's favour anew;
    The Susha with folded arms come again to submit to their lord.
    I order my troops to stop using their magnificent weapons;
    Peace will last only if one sympathises with a million people.
    Just as I rejoice at the sound of victory, my imperial flowers come [concubines from newly conquered territory];
    And in their place I will dispatch worthy statesmen.
    The river flows through east and west alike;
    I respectfully proclaim Heavens's protection and favour!'
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