Lot 3605
  • 3605

A PALE CELADON-WHITE JADE BRUSH WASHER QING DYNASTY, 18TH – 19TH CENTURY

Estimate
400,000 - 600,000 HKD
Sold
1,625,000 HKD
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Description

  • Jade
  • 16.5 cm, 6 1/2  in.
worked in the form of a lobed peach, the deep rounded sides rising from four ruyi feet to an incurved rim, flanked by a pair of handles carved in the form of a bat perched on the edge of the rim, above a loop fashioned as a stylised lingzhi spray suspending a loose ring, the exterior worked in low relief with another bat with outstretched wings, grasping in its mouth a long tassel pierced in openwork, suspending a pair of interlaced bats, an endless knot and a stylised shou character over the top of the vessel, terminating in two pleated swags falling into wavy ends on the opposite exterior, the stone of a pale celadon-white tone flecked with dark speckles

Provenance

Christie's London, 15th June 1998, lot 266.

Catalogue Note

A larger brush washer of this form and with a shou character suspending from a tassel was sold at Christie’s New York, 2nd December 1993, lot 68; and a slightly smaller version was sold in our London rooms, 21st February 1967, lot 7. See also a bowl carved with the characters shuangxi ('double happiness') hanging from a musical stone, from the collection of George de Menasce and now in the collection of Sir John Woolf, included in the exhibition The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jade, Sotheby’s, London, 2013, cat. no. 63; one of slightly smaller size, illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 105; two sold in our London rooms, the first, 1st/2nd November 1984, lot 462, and the second, 7th November 2007, lot 385.

This piece is carved with numerous auspicious messages and would have been considered a suitable wedding or birthday gift. The shou character is symbolic of long life, while the two bat handles create the pun shuang fu, which indicate double blessings.

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