3304
3304
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE RETICULATED CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'FIGURES' PLAQUE
SONG – YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
1,200,0001,800,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
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3304
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE RETICULATED CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'FIGURES' PLAQUE
SONG – YUAN DYNASTY
Estimate
1,200,0001,800,000
LOT SOLD. 1,500,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Beasts of Antiquity – Important Jade Animals from the Chang Shou Studio

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Hong Kong

AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE RETICULATED CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'FIGURES' PLAQUE
SONG – YUAN DYNASTY
finely rendered in openwork depicting a scholar and three attendants in a setting detailed with elaborate rockery and lush vegetation, the scholar rendered dressed in loose robes and stroking his beard, flanked by two boys, one clambering on rockwork behind chrysanthemum blooms, a further boy portrayed holding a vase beside a tall gnarled tree, the smoothly polished celadon stone with russet patches skilfully utilised to depict the vegetation
8.7 cm, 3 3/4  in.
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Provenance

Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 2011, lot 3186.

Catalogue Note

The superb plaque is remarkable for its skilful carving in achieving several layers of depth on a thin and flat jade pebble. The carver has utilised as much of the precious stone as possible to fashion a scene of figures in a landscape, the foliage of which is cleverly picked out by the russet skin of the stone. In its three-dimensionality, the setting helps illustrate the narrative in a naturalistic manner.

Only a small number of plaques of this type attributed to the Song dynasty is known; see a green jade example, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and included in the Museum’s exhibition Art in Quest of Heaven and Truth. Chinese Jades Through the Ages, 2011, cat. no. 6-2-7; two white jade plaques, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (II), Hong Kong, 1995, pls 91-92; a pale yellow version sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 3017; and a fifth example, from the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, sold in our New York rooms, 15th March 2016, lot 108.

Beasts of Antiquity – Important Jade Animals from the Chang Shou Studio

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Hong Kong