A rare white jade 'Immortals' table screen 18th/19th century  (2)

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Lot 109
A rare white jade 'Immortals' table screen
18th/19th century

Sold for HK$ 212,500 (US$ 27,079) inc. premium
A rare white jade 'Immortals' table screen
18th/19th century
Crisply carved with a mountain landscape of rockwork, pine trees, foliage and a hidden waterfall, featuring Immortals, five of them playing music on a balustraded stone platform, the remaining three engaged in discussion and exchanging gifts at the bottom of the steps, the semi-translucent stone of a white tone, wood stand. 23.4cm (9 1/4in) high x 16.8cm (6 5/8in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 白玉八仙祝壽插屏

    Provenance:
    An English private collection

    來源:
    英國私人舊藏

    This rectangular white jade panel was used by the master carver as a 'canvas' on which to carve the image, which most likely derived from a woodblock print; see for example a woodblock print of the Lan Tai in Fang Shi Mopu, originally published in the 16th century, reproduced by J.Rawson, Chinese Jade: From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p.404, fig.1. Compare also a similar jade rectangular table screen, 18th century, but in mirror image, in the British Museum, London, illustrated by J.Rawson, ibid., pl.29:17.

    The auspicious subject matter, showing the Eight Daoist Immortals, would have been suitable for a birthday celebration gift.

    A related white jade circular table screen, Qianlong/Jiaqing, was sold in our London rooms, 11 November 2010, lot 54.

    此式平片狀浮雕山水人物之插屏可稱為「畫意玉器」,大多以文人逸事及山水名勝為主題,頗具繪畫效果,秀麗清新,雅趣可玩。根據清宮檔案可知,乾隆皇帝對玉器的欣賞亦特別強調其「畫意」,認為其「雖未能仿古較近雅矣」。與插屏類似的圖樣亦在明代木板水印上所見,見J.Rawson,《Chinese Jade: From the Neolithic to the Qing》,倫敦,1995年,頁404,圖1。見大英博物館藏一件清十八世紀白玉雕八仙祝壽插屏,其紋飾恰與此拍品相反,見同著錄,圖版29:17。另見倫敦邦瀚斯曾售出一例,2010年11月11日,拍品54。
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A rare white jade 'Immortals' table screen 18th/19th century  (2)
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