A yellow jade 'lotus root' brushrest 18th century (3)

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Lot 144
A yellow jade 'lotus root' brushrest
18th century

HK$ 400,000 - 500,000
US$ 51,000 - 64,000
A yellow jade 'lotus root' brushrest
18th century
Naturalistically carved as a slender lotus root with four nodes wreathed by lotus stems and long thin leaves, with a lotus blossom resting on a curled leaf rising on sinuous stems, each node further incised with details, the greenish-yellow stone with russet inclusions, wood stand, box. 18cm (7 1/8in) wide (3).

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 黃玉雕蓮藕筆架

    The lotus root with blossom represents the rebus for 'wishes for happiness and fruitfulness in marriage'. Small jade carvings such as the present lot were used on the scholar's desk for various purposes, as a paperweight, brushrest or purely for aesthetic enjoyment.

    Compare with a related white jade 'lotus root' brushrest, Qing dynasty, from the Qing Court Collection and now in the National Museum of China (acce.no.t20181218.24663). Another Qianlong example in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco, Paris, 2016, cat.72. See also another related example of a green jade 'lotus root and egret' brushrest, Qing dynasty, in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware (II), Shanghai, 2008, no.159.

    此筆架造型別緻,採用圓雕、浮雕及鏤雕技法將荷葉、荷花及蓮藕雕刻栩栩如生,製作精巧。此類玉雕屬於文房陳設玉器,置於案桌可作筆架,亦可用於欣賞,頗有意趣。參看清宮舊藏一件白玉蓮藕筆架,現藏於中國國家博物館(博物館編號t20181218.24663)。台北故宮博物院藏有另一白玉蓮藕筆架,見《Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco》,巴黎,2016年,圖72。另見北京故宮博物清宮舊藏一件清代青玉蓮藕鷺鷥筆架,著錄於《故宮博物院文物珍品大系:玉器(下)》,上海,2008年,編號159,頁197。
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A yellow jade 'lotus root' brushrest 18th century (3)
A yellow jade 'lotus root' brushrest 18th century (3)
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