A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century

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Lot 43
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot
18th Century

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A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot
18th Century
The slender cylindrical vessel deeply carved and reticulated in a continuous scene around the sides and continuing in low relief on the base, the rim gently rounded, brilliantly carved with an unusual scene depicting two elderly, presumably Daoist, scholars and attendant pointing at a flying crane above which appears to have been released from a wooden pen lodged in the rockwork behind them, whilst nearby another scholar with a water vessel at his feet directs a young attendant to scoop fresh water from the base of a gushing waterfall, all set in a busy many-layered rockwork setting with a small fenced building with a stepped pathway and a large pavilion with a bridge beside another waterfall, all dotted with various craggy pine, a large wutong tree and other hanging foliage.
4 3/4in (12cm) high

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 青白玉雕山水人物筆筒

    PROVENANCE
    Oriental Art Gallery, London, 1996

    來源
    Oriental Art Gallery, 倫敦, 1996年


    Beyond the exemplary carving, which works so well on this small scale brushpot where the constrictions of the narrow working surface make the depiction of scale so difficult, the lapidary has also made exceptional use of a stone that has some minor faults. The uneven tonality in some areas has been cleverly hidden by judicious undercutting and intergration of fault lines into the design. The light still filters through in a most pleasing manner, highlighting the three-dimensionality of the scene.

    For a very similar carved and reticulated brushpot bearing an imperial
    poem and depicting a gathering of 'Five Elders', see Sotheby's, Hong
    Kong, Important Chinese Art from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee,
    Part II, 8 October 2019, lot 118, where comparison is drawn with
    another jade brushpot with a Qianlong mark exhibited in A Romance
    with Jade from the De An Tang Collection
    , Palace Museum, Bejing,
    2004, Cat. no13.

    Other 18th century white or whitish-celadon jade brushpots intricately carved with Doaist scenes are recorded, including one formerly in the collection of Heber Bishop, and now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, www. metmuseum.org. / Jades, accession number 02.418.209; and another with immortals, formerly in the famous Kitsen Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 17th September 2008, lot 329; and another sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015, lot 3643.

    For another rare reticulated small brushpot of similar size but of rounded rectangular shape rather than the cylinder of our example, see Christie's, New York, 22 March 2013, lot 1357. It too has a continuous mountain setting with Daoist figures.

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A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
A Pale celadon Jade reticulated Brushpot 18th Century
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