Important panneau impérial en bois laqué incrusté de jade et de buis dans un cadre en zitan Dynastie Qing, époque Qianlong | 清乾隆 紫檀嵌黃楊木雕泛舟圖掛屏 | An important zitan framed, jade and wood inlaid Imperial 'landscape' panel, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period
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Important panneau impérial en bois laqué incrusté de jade et de buis dans un cadre en zitan Dynastie Qing, époque Qianlong
An important zitan framed, jade and wood inlaid Imperial 'landscape' panel, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period
figurant un paysage montagneux vernaculaire composé de rochers escarpés d'où évoluent des pins, des paulownias et des saules pleureurs, le paysage animé de pagodes, de palais et de ponts, et de personnages, deux voguant sur une jonque au centre de la composition, le fond traité en un subtile dégradé allant du bleu profond, au blanc puis à l'ocre-vert, l'arrière du panneau laqué noir, le cadre en zitan scultpé d'une frise de ruyi, la prise en bronze doré trilobée incisée de leiwen et se terminant par des têtes de perroquets
70,8 x 102,6 x 3 cm, 27⅞ by 40⅜ by 1¼ in.
70.8 x 102.6 x 3 公分， 27⅞x 40⅜x 1¼英寸
There are some expected losses to the inlay as visible on the E-cat photos. There are some expected chips to the frame. There are vertical age crackling to the background. The back of the panel retains its original black lacquer which has never been unsealed. Some of the inlays have been fallen and have been re-affixed sometimes randomly with traces of an old varnish. The overall effect remains very vibrant. The panel would benefit from a professional restoration.
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Acquired by the great great grandmother of the present owner in France during the 1920s and thence by family descent.
Hanging screens either carved from wood or inlaid in various materials became popular pieces of furniture in the early Qing dynasty. Often displayed in pairs or in sets, these panels adorned many halls and rooms in the private quarters of the Forbidden City. Conceived as highly engaging three-dimensional paintings, hanging screens began to be produced in the Kangxi reign, but peaked in popularity during the Qianlong period, when they were made in a variety of media. The most sophisticated examples were made in the Zaobanchu (Imperial Palace Workshop), where skilled artisan often collaborated to create the most innovative works of art for the imperial court.
The lavish use of zitan, the most valued timber available to wood carvers and furniture makers, makes this panel particularly special. Zitan was the favoured timber of the Ming and Qing court, and its long growth period and limited availability made it especially valuable. Its silky texture and fine dense grain made it ideal for intricate carving as it allowed craftsmen to successfully capture texture, evident here in the rendering of distant hills and rocks. The subtle and deep lustre of the wood and its characteristic chestnut colour, which turns purplish-black after prolonged exposure to air, was fully exploited on this panel through its contrast with the lighter boxwood and coloured background.
Hanging panels made primarily of zitan are highly unusual, although a panel with a landscape carved from hongmu, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, accession no. 故00210623. See also two table screens inlaid mainly in zitan, also in the Palace Museum, accession nos 故00209206 and 故00209215; and a much larger throne screen illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum. Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 201.
accession no. 故00210623:
accession no 故00209206
相對紅木，以紫檀嵌飾的掛屏極為罕見。參考北京故宮藏嵌紅木掛屏（故 00210623），另可比較該院藏兩面嵌紫檀插屏（故 00209206、故 00209215），或一座尺寸碩大的屏風，收錄在《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集．明清家具》，香港，2002，圖版201。