AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE DATED ZITAN-MOUNTED ARCHAIC JADE DISC, BI ZHOU DYNASTY, THE INSCRIPTION AND THE STAND DATED TO 1775 | 清乾隆 御製紫檀嵌後刻御製詩古玉璧插屏 玉：《乾隆乙末春御題》款 「得佳趣」印 屏：《乾隆乙末春月御題》款 「得佳趣」印
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE DATED ZITAN-MOUNTED ARCHAIC JADE DISC, BI
ZHOU DYNASTY, THE INSCRIPTION AND THE STAND DATED TO 1775
the smoothly patinated stone of a creamy beige tone naturally streaked with honey-brown inclusions, pierced with a large circular aperture, crisply later incised on one side in clerical script with an imperial poem praising the beauty of the treasured jade, signed Qianlong yiwei chun yuti (‘Imperial inscription in the yiwei year of the Qianlong period’, corresponding to 1775), followed by the seal de jiaqu (‘obtaining refined enjoyment’), mounted within a deftly carved zitan table screen, the front with a carved central wood boss locking into the back panel to secure the jade, detailed with a trigram qian filled in with gilt and flanked by a pair of stylised kui dragons, all enclosed within a key-fret ring, densely carved overall with archaistic scroll motifs, save for a circular medallion on the reverse, picked out in gilt with an almost identical inscription also in clerical script differing only in one character on the date Qianlong yiwei chun yue yuti, ending with the same seal de jiaqu
h. 22.8 cm, 9 in.
Good overall condition. There are typical age cracks and minor nicks to the zitan carving. Other minor surface wear. There is an original old chip on the outer edge of the bi approx. 3 cm, and a natural vein of approx 2.5cm.
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A European private collection.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 8th April 2013, lot 3010.