A white and russet jade 'mandarin ducks' brushwasher Ming dynasty
Lot 212
A white and russet jade 'mandarin ducks' brushwasher Ming dynasty
Sold for HK$ 437,500 (US$ 56,356) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white and russet jade 'mandarin ducks' brushwasher Ming dynasty A white and russet jade 'mandarin ducks' brushwasher Ming dynasty
A white and russet jade 'mandarin ducks' brushwasher
Ming dynasty
The heavily constructed bulbous vessel of semi-spherical form finely worked on the exterior with a continuous scene of a lotus pond, featuring three mandarin ducks swimming and another in flight amongst lotus blossoms and leaves, flanked on the sides with intricately worked triple-lotus handles suspending loose rings, all supported above four pad feet, the stone with russet veining and inclusions.
22.9cm wide.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Spink & Son Ltd., 10 June 1981.

    For a Qing dynasty spinach jade brushwasher with ring handles from the Avery Brundage collection in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, see René-Yvon L. d'Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977, p.138, pl.LXII. See also a vessel in the form of a peach with butterfly ring handles in the Songzhutang collection, illustrated in Virtuous Treasures. Chinese Jades for the Scholar's Table, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.60-61, no.12.

    明 白玉雕荷塘鴛鴦活環洗

    洗以和闐白玉而作,玉質潔白瑩潤,包漿光潤,沁紋自然。洗口圓形,底承四如意形足。內壁光素,外壁雕荷塘美景,池塘中碧波蕩漾,荷葉片片,荷花含苞欲放,兩對鴛鴦荷塘中游水嬉戲。洗兩側各雕雙荷葉蓮蓬耳,其下套有活環。此其玉質圓滑,雕工細緻,鴛鴦獻瑞,蓮蓬貴子,寓意美好。

    此白玉洗於1981年購自立於18世紀末的中國藝術商Spink & Son公司。參見另外一件形制類似的碧玉活環洗,現藏於三藩市亞洲藝術博物館,見René-Yvon L. d'Argencé著,《Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection》,三藩市,1977年,頁138,圖版LXII。另見一件松竹堂藏清乾隆白玉桃形活環洗,曾於香港大學美術博物館展出,出版於《閣有天珍:中國文房玉雕》,香港,2008年,頁60-61,圖版12。
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