Jade boat carvings such as the present piece represent the extraordinary techniques attained by the Qing craftsmen as evidenced in the hollowed out interior of the boat and figures modelled in the round. Moreover, a heightened sense of life and vitality has been achieved by the naturalistic poses of the figures, who have been caught in a moment of action, as well as the crested waves around the base.
See a related carving in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1997, cat. no. 62; another in the Alan and Simone Hartman collection, illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 165; and a third example published in James C.Y. Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, pl. 64, where he notes that these types of boats are found in the Jiangnan region, where Suzhou is situated. Watt also mentions the hardwood stands on which jade carvings were mounted were in themselves accomplished sculptures, often taking the form of plants, rocks or waves to compliment the work it supported (ibid., p. 86).
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