An Imperial white jade 'ram' plaque Mid-Qing dynasty
Lot 313
A rare Imperial white jade 'ram' plaque Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 740,000 (US$ 95,429) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Imperial white jade 'ram' plaque
Qianlong
Of rectangular form, intricately worked on one side with a figure of a ram depicted wearing celestial robes, standing on clouds bearing a scroll below a wan symbol flanked by two carp, the reverse worked with an archaic character seal reading wei below ruyi branches, all bordered by classic frames, the semi-translucent stone of a deep white colour.
6.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    An old Florida collection

    The quality of the stone and the workmanship on the plaque is outstanding, pointing to it being an Imperial commission, one of a group of Imperial white jade ornaments decorated with twelve Chinese zodiac figures in anthropomorphic forms and their associated Earthly branches represented by archaic Chinese characters. For another white jade rectangular pendent, that appears to be from the same set, worked with a figure of a rabbit and an archaic character mao, see Christie's London, 15 May 2012, lot 75.

    清乾隆 御製白玉「未羊」生肖玉佩

    白玉,微透光。佩作長方形,上部一面雕鯉魚綬帶,中間一萬字紋,主體雕一人形山羊,手握書卷,身著長袍,腳踏青雲,另一面上部雕林芝,主體中央雕一「未」字方印。

    在傳世品中還可見其他御製刻生肖玉佩,其共同特點為一面雕人形生肖像,另一面則刻十二個地支符號,參見另一件十八世紀白玉「卯兔」生肖玉佩,倫敦佳士得,2012年5月15日,拍品75。
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