A yellow jade 'bats and longevity' inkstone Early Qing dynasty
Lot 207
A yellow jade 'bats and longevity' inkstone Early Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 437,500 (US$ 56,364) inc. premium

Lot Details
A yellow jade 'bats and longevity' inkstone
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).

Footnotes

  • 清早期 黃玉雕福壽紋硯台

    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.

    以玉製硯,古已有之,但黃玉硯少見,此硯形制雅緻,打磨精到,開膛工整,飾雙蝠壽字紋,寓意福壽雙全。玉製硯台之例,有一形制類似的明代青玉硯可資參考,見楊伯達編,《故宮藏中國玉器·第五卷》,北京,1993年,頁139,編號206,另一件清宮舊藏翡翠花蝶雙層硯,見張淑芬編,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集·文房四寶·紙硯》,香港,2005年,頁195,編號138。
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