Early Qing dynasty Beautifully worked in a rectangular form with a concave base and flaring sides, the upper surface with a sunken enclosure worked deeper towards the upper bulging extremities, further surmounted by a stylised shou character flanked by a pair of bats in flight, the stone of an attractive aureolin yellow tone, with original wood stand. 8.7cm long. (2).
Provenance 來源: S. Marchant & Son, London
Illustrated 出版： S. Marchant & Son, Chinese Jades from Tang to Qing, London, 2010, p.37, no.20.
The inkstone is finely worked with a flat sloping area for rubbing the inkstick with water and a well-depressed enclosure for the ink to pool. It is more common to find inkstones made of Duan stone from Guangdong province, She stone from Anhui province or Chengni clay from Shanxi province, whereas inkstones made of jade are rather rare. For a similar celadon jade ink stone dated to the Ming dynasty, see Yang Boda, The Collection of Chinese jade from the Palace Museum, Beijing, Vol.5, 1993, p.139, no.206, and for another Imperial jadeite inkstone dated to the Qing dynasty, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: The Four Treasures of the Study - Writing Paper and Inkstones, Hong Kong, 2005, p.195, no.138.
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