the pure evenly white translucent stone carved in the form of a cherubic boy holding a drumstick in his right hand banging a large round drum, his left hand resting atop the drum holding a ruyi sprig tied with a tassel, the reverse with a small dog at the boy's foot
Exquisite Jade Carving, The University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 37.
Chinese Jade Carving, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1983, cat. no. 179.
Masterfully executed in the round from a flawless stone, the present piece is an excellent example of the high-level of workmanship attained during the Qianlong period. Further carvings of boys with drums include one depicting a boy climbing a drum, sold in these rooms, 21st May 1987, lot 699; and another of a boy leaning on a drum, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 19th January 1988, lot 585.
The drum is traditionally a symbol of vigour and the popular subject of boys at play represents the wish for many noble sons.
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