Lot 591
  • 591

A RARE PALE CELADON JADE 'FISH' BRUSHWASHER QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY |

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • Diameter 7 7/8  in., 20.1 cm
of circular section, with shallow sides rising to a gently everted rim, the interior deftly carved in high relief with two carp swimming vigorously amidst crested waves and waterweed, the exterior carved in low relief with a frieze of lotus blossoms and birds, the stone an even pale celadon with fine white mottling 

Provenance

Collection of Major Sir Humphrey Brunel Noble of Ardmore, 4th Bt. (1892-1968).
Collection of Sir John Woolf (1913-1999).
Roger Keverne, London, 2003.

Catalogue Note

Although the motif of fish is common in Qing dynasty art, the present bowl is rare for its depiction of a pair of fish submerged beneath waves extending across the entire base of the well. Rather than a calm, placid view of fish in a pond, the artisan presents here a dynamic scene carved in high relief of the two creatures straining against the brisk current.  For slightly earlier, related bowls, with the fish fully visible, see a late Ming example in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, cat. pl. 29:9, and one in the collection of Joseph E. Hotung, illustrated in, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia Society, New York, 19890, cat. no. 145.

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