3314
3314
A FINELY CARVED AND EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
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3314
A FINELY CARVED AND EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 1,000,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Jades, Ambers and Hardstones from a Distinguished Connoisseur

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A FINELY CARVED AND EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE BOX AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
of square section, rising from a neatly-cut foot, the domed cover intricately inlaid with tourmaline, spinach-green jade and soapstone, depicting a gnarled leafy spray bearing five lingzhi fungus, all bordered by low-relief angular scrolls, the stone of an even white tone
8.2 cm, 3 1/4  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29th April 1992, lot 690.

Catalogue Note

Jade covered boxes of this type are extremely rare and no other closely related example appears to have been published. The bright design of lingzhi, the auspicious longevity fungus, provides an attractive contrast with the subtle hues and relief-carved border of the white jade, and may have been inspired by hardstone-inlaid zitan boxes which grew in favour with the court from the Ming dynasty; see a slightly smaller box, attributed to the mid-Qing dynasty and adorned with a narcissus and nandina berry spray issuing from a rock, from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Bamboo, Wood, Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Carvings, Shanghai, 2001, pl. 240.

Hardstone embellishments on jade were generally reserved for decorative items such as ruyi sceptres; see two white jade ruyi sceptres, attributed to the Qianlong period, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, one decorated with peaches, bats and lingzhi fungus in lapis lazuli, coral and glass, included in the Museum’s exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Ju-i Scepters in the National Palace Museum, 1995, cat. no. 6, and the other, finely inlaid with various gemstones depicting peaches, narcissus on the ruyi terminal and bamboos, lingzhi and rockwork on the shaft, exhibited in Emperor’s Treasures. Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipeiop. cit., cat. no. 178; and a pair from the Qing Court collection and still in Beijing, decorated with quails and millet, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 30, together with a white jade hairpin inlaid with a lotus flower design, pl. 7.

Important Jades, Ambers and Hardstones from a Distinguished Connoisseur

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Hong Kong