A rare pale green jade 'Tai Yi' washer Ming Dynasty

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A rare pale green jade 'Tai Yi' washer
Ming Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 88,125 (US$ 11,260) inc. premium
A rare pale green jade 'Tai Yi' washer
Ming Dynasty
The vessel well-hollowed in the form of a large lotus leaf, well carved in high relief towards the centre with the figure of the immortal 'Tai Yi Zhenren' seated leisurely holding a book in his right hand and a ruyi sceptre in the other, the underside carved with ridges as the leaf pattern, the stone of a celadon tone.
16cm (6 3/10in) long.

Footnotes

  • 明 青白玉雕太乙蓮舟洗

    Provenance:
    S. Marchant & Son, London, 1979
    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20-21 May 1980, lot 288
    An English private collection
    Marchant, London

    來源:
    倫敦S. Marchant & Son,1979年
    香港蘇富比,1980年5月20-21日,拍品編號288
    英國私人舊藏
    倫敦Marchant

    The skilfully carved figure seated in the lotus leave can be identified as 'Tai Yi Zhenren', a Daoist immortal who is said to be the reincarnation of the first emperor of the Shang dynasty. The subject of the immortal Tai Yi using a large lotus leaf as a boat was very popular in Song dynasty literature.

    Compare with a related white jade lotus washer, Qing dynasty, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, demonstrating similar execution of the lotus leaves (acc.no.Gu-Yu-000908); see also a white jade lotus washer of similar form, which was sold at Sotheby's Paris, 9 June 2010, lot 144.

    青白玉質,青中閃灰,色澤古樸,玉料挖作蓮辦形,薄壁透光,內壁光素,靠柄處留料圓雕太乙真人讀書像,真人頭戴樸頭,開臉盈笑,美髯垂胸,右手捧書,左擎如意,盤腿而坐,蓮辦外壁密鐫經脈,打磨細膩,不露刀鋒。太乙蓮舟,又稱太一蓮舟,是北宋以來流行的仙道題材,相傳北宋李公麟有《太一真人圖》,見《苕溪漁隱叢話前集·韓子蒼》:「李伯時畫太一真人,臥一大蓮葉中,手執書卷仰讀,蕭然有物外思。」今畫不傳。本品之蓮辦造型可參考台北故宮藏一件清代白玉蓮辦洗,館藏編號故-玉-000908。巴黎蘇富比2010年6月9日曾售出一件蓮辦洗,形制類似,拍品編號144。
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