Lot 9
  • 9

A GREEN JADE 'LANDSCAPE' BOULDER QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD |

Estimate
15,000 - 25,000 USD
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Description

  • Length 4 1/2  in., 11.4 cm
finely carved in multiple layers of high relief as a craggy mountainous landscape, a scholar and his attendant walking along a stony path amidst a gnarled pine tree and leafy shrubs, the reverse similarly carved with jagged rockwork and a lone pine, the stone a bright apple-green with diagonal veins of emerald and russet, wood stand (2)

Provenance

Spink & Son, London, 26th January 1984.
Collection of Florence (1920-2018) and Herbert (1917-2016) Irving, no. 423.

Catalogue Note

Worked in varying depths of relief, the artisan has skillfully incorporated the natural fissures and characteristics of the stone to enhance the jagged, craggy appearance of the mountains. The present boulder is also an excellent example of vibrant green jade, with its bright apple-green and rich emerald tones. For a related carving of similar stone, see one illustrated in Roger Keverne, ed., Jade, London, 1995, fig. 120. See also two large spinach-green boulders: the first exhibited in Virtuous Treasures: Chinese Jades for the Scholar's Table, The University of Hong Kong, 2007-2008, cat. no. 34, the second sold in these rooms, 27th February 1981, lot 400. 
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