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109
A CARVED CELADON JADE 'LANDSCAPE' SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimation
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109
A CARVED CELADON JADE 'LANDSCAPE' SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
Estimation
120 000150 000
Lot. Vendu 250,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Details & Cataloguing

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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A CARVED CELADON JADE 'LANDSCAPE' SCREEN
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
superbly worked on one side with scholars enjoying the reflection of the moon, the reverse with further scholars watching the tide, all amidst jagged mountains set with tall verdant trees, set within a wooden frame
with frame 29.8 by 27.7 cm, 11 3/4  by 11 in.
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Provenance

Hotel Drouot, Paris, 30th March 1965, lot 24.

Bibliographie

Cabinet Portier, 100 ans, 1909-2009, Paris, 2010, p. 56, no. 254.

Description

The present jade screen illustrates two popular activities for celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Li Bai (701-762), one of the greatest romantic poets of the Tang dynasty, is believed to have drowned in the Yangtze River, after trying to drunkenly embrace the moon's reflection. To enjoy the reflection of the full moon on water has since become an Autumn ritual for the elites to commemorate the legendary scholar. Another festive activity is to watch the tide under the moonlight, which is illustrated on the reverse side of the present screen.

Despite the popularity of jade screens of scholarly subjects, no comparable example of similar design seems to be recorded. Compare a smaller rectangular jade screen of the Qianlong period, depicting an idyllic scene of the scholar Zhou Dunyi admiring a pond of summer lotuses, sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3617. A white jade screen decorated with moonlit waterscape, but without any scholar, formerly in the Art Institute of Chicago gifted by Samuel M. and Matilda Nickerson, was sold in our New York rooms, 20th March 2019, lot 568. For a later example, see a smaller rectangular jade screen with scholars watching the tides attributed to the late Qing dynasty, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1st May 1995, lot 817.

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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Hong Kong