Lot 98. A fine white jade brushwasher, 18th century; 7 in. (17.8 cm.) long. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000. Price realised USD 768,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2007
Well carved in the form of a large lingzhi fungus head borne on a gnarled stem which extends around the sides bearing leaves and smaller lingzhi fungi, with two smiling boys clinging to either edge of the rim, their hair tied in buns on the sides of their heads, one clutching a ruyi sceptre in his right hand, the other holding a stem of wannianqing in his left hand, the finely polished stone of even white color, wood stand.
Provenance: Stanley Charles Nott Collection.
Literature: Stanley C. Nott, Chinese Jades in the Stanley Charles Nott Collection, 1942, pp. 378-9, pl. LXXXIV, no. 74.
Note: Lingzhi fungus and wannianqing form a rebus, 'may your wishes come true for ten thousand years'. The two boys may represent double joy, and therefore the doubling of wishes.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York, 22 March 2007