1873
1873

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A FINE AND RARE WHITE JADE BOAT GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
800,0001,000,000
LOT SOLD. 2,060,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1873

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A FINE AND RARE WHITE JADE BOAT GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
800,0001,000,000
LOT SOLD. 2,060,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

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A FINE AND RARE WHITE JADE BOAT GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
finely carved with three figures on a long boat with woven awning, one figure standing next to a fish basket manning the long pole with one hand and holding a small boy with the other, the other man on the far end of the boat with both arms stretched pulling the net from the sea, his shoes, neatly placed behind him, together with a covered pot with two handles, the underside well carved with fine incised markings of swirling crested waves, the stone of even white stone, presented upon a two-tiered finely carved wood stand with intricately carved wave and openwork design with silver inlaid  
11.5 cm., 4 1/2 in.
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The overall condition of the boat and the stand are very good, with fine execution of modelling and meticulously carved details.

Catalogue Note

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).

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

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Hong Kong