3303
3303
AN AMBER 'LOTUS' WASHER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimate
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3303
AN AMBER 'LOTUS' WASHER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimate
150,000200,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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AN AMBER 'LOTUS' WASHER
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
carved in the form of a furled leaf with a small duck, a frog, an insect and crustaceans perched on the exterior, the leaf borne on coiling stems issuing lotus buds and a maturing bloom on the side, the amber of a rich honey-brown tone
10.5 cm, 4 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17th May 1989, lot 388.

Catalogue Note

Carved in the form of a furled lotus leaf flanked by high-relief motifs, the washer continues in the naturalistic carving style of the Ming dynasty, which is also reflected in jade and rhinoceros horn carvings. The lotus blossom, crab and duck on the side convey purity, harmony and fidelity. See a lotus-form amber washer, also attributed to the Kangxi period, in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, accession no. 1998.042.116.

Compare also similarly carved vessels fashioned from other organic materials, such as a rhinoceros horn cup, attributed to the 17th/18th century, sold at Christie’s London, 7th December 1984, lot 152; and a celadon jade washer in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Gugong bowuyuan wenwu cangpin daxi. Yuqi juan/Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, vol. 10: Qing, Beijing, 2011, pl. 195.

Important Jades, Ambers and Hardstones from a Distinguished Connoisseur

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Hong Kong