A WHITE AND RUSSET JADE 'BAMBOO' WRISTREST QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
For the inspiration of this piece see an earlier, Ming dynasty, jade wristrest bearing the signature of Lu Zigang, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, published in Great National Treasures of China, Taipei, 1994, pl. 84. A closely related white and russet jade wristrest, similarly carved in relief in the form of a bamboo section, was sold at Phillips London, 7th June 1995, lot 190; another example, in the Alan and Simone Hartman collection, is illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, 1996, p. 117, pl. 97; and one fashioned in celadon jade was sold in our London rooms, 4th November 2009, lot 9, attributed to the Qing period.
For examples of jade wristrests of other forms, see one included in Chinese Jades: Archaic and Modern From the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, London, 1977, p. 140, pl. 178, of open scroll form decorated with an eagle perched on one leg in a landscape with peaches; and another published in James C. Y. Watt, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch’ing, New York, 1980, p. 141, pl. 117, also of open scroll form decorated with a chilong in clouds.