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A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE AXE FANGGU MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG | 清乾隆 御製碧玉仿古獸面紋斧 《大清乾隆仿古》、《月字第十六號》款

Estimate:

950,000

to
- 1,200,000 HKD

PROPERTY OF A LADY 女史珍藏

A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE AXE FANGGU MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG | 清乾隆 御製碧玉仿古獸面紋斧 《大清乾隆仿古》、《月字第十六號》款

A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE AXE FANGGU MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG | 清乾隆 御製碧玉仿古獸面紋斧 《大清乾隆仿古》、《月字第十六號》款

Estimate:

950,000

to
- 1,200,000 HKD

Property of a Lady

A FINELY CARVED IMPERIAL SPINACH-GREEN JADE AXE

FANGGU MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG

女史珍藏

清乾隆 御製碧玉仿古獸面紋斧

《大清乾隆仿古》、《月字第十六號》款


the trapezoidal form worked in low relief on each side with a band enclosing a taotie mask, flanked by a pair of projecting toothed flanges on the sides, above a six-character fanggu reign mark and an inscription reading Yue zi di shiliu hao (number 16 of yue) respectively

18.3 cm, 7 ⅛ in.

A small possibly restuck chip to the lower corner. Minor nibbling to the fragile extremities. Otherwise in fairly good overall condition.


下端一角有細小磕痕,或經重粘。邊角易損處有輕微磕痕。此外整體品相尚可。


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您向其他專業修復人員索取諮詢,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每款拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為專業主觀看法而非事實陳述。準買家應參考有關該拍賣的重要通知(見圖錄)。


雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

A European private collection.

Christie's Hong Kong, 30th November 2011, lot 2961.


歐洲私人收藏

香港佳士得2011年11月30日,編號2961

Among the many rulers in China’s extensive history, the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty is arguably one of the greatest in respect to his connoisseurship and appreciation of the nation’s art. During his long reign, he collected and studied masterpieces from antiquity, and instructed his craftsmen to draw inspiration from these objects. The present jade axe is an example of the type of objects produced under the patronage of the Qianlong reign. While it was inspired by archaic jade axes, it isn’t a mere copy of its prototype as its lively design proudly displays the technical advances made in lapidary art in the Qing dynasty.


This axe is particularly special as it bears a fanggu (‘exemplifying antiquity’) reign mark and is inscribed with the characters Yue zi di shiliu, identifying this piece as the 16th in a series of objects called yue. The inscription is an inventory number, and the name of the series was taken from the Qianzi wen (The thousand character essay), a well-known literacy text with precisely a thousand characters, each written only once, which are used to compose rhythmic four-character couplets in seven chapters. The character yue appears as the 10th character in the essay.


A jade axe inscribed with the inventory number Yang zi sanshier hao (number 32 of yang), in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 8, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 9; one from the Liang series, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, is illustrated in C.S. Lin, 'The Collection of Qing Dynasty Jades in the Fitzwilliam Museum', Arts of Asia, May-June 2010, pl. 14, together with one from the Zan series, p. 115; and a white jade axe from the He series, was sold at Christie’s New York, 24th March 2011, lot 1532.