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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'LUOHAN' BOULDER
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
80,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 525,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
701

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'LUOHAN' BOULDER
QING DYNASTY
Estimate
80,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 525,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese ‎Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection

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A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'LUOHAN' BOULDER
QING DYNASTY
worked with a seated luohan, possibly Vijraputra, seated within a rocky grotto beneath gnarled wutong branches, the figure rendered clad in loose robes with a recumbent mythical beast next to him, the reverse of the boulder further rendered with pine branches, the celadon stone with russet patches
12 cm, 4 3/8  in.
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Provenance

Spink & Son Ltd, London (label).

Catalogue Note

The present boulder, with its powerful three-dimensional rendering of a luohan seated beside a mythical beast amongst a grotto, served not only as a symbolic religious imagery, but also excelled as a work of art in its own right.

A number of jade mountains or boulder with similar subjects is known in worldwide collections, including the British Museum (inv. no. 1930.12-17.15) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Jessica Rawson noted that inspiration of the subject matter may have originated from woodblock prints from the eighteenth-century publication Guyu Tu Pu ('Collection of Ancient Jade Drawing').

Compare a similar example illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pp. 409-410, cat. no. 29:19. The bold vertical edges of the rock face and the gnarled tree branch overhanging above the luohan share remarkable similarities to the current piece. A slightly taller boulder also attributed to the 18th-19th century, formerly in the collection of the T.B. Walker Foundation, was sold in these rooms, 20th October 1988, lot 191. 

Chinese ‎Art including Selected Works of Art from the T.Y. Chao Family Collection

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Hong Kong