Lot 131. A finely carved spinach-green jade brush pot, bitong, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 80,000 - GBP 120,000. Price realised GBP 93,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The brush pot is intricately carved around the sides with a continuous mountainous landscape. The rocks, pine and wutong trees frame various vignettes including a scholar leaning out of a pavilion window; a scholar holding a staff with his attendant beside him; and a scholar with his hands held aloft, his attendant crouching by a cauldron heating a teapot. The underside of the base is carved with a network of overlapping rocks.
Note: A number of spinach-green jade brush pots of similar date have been published. Two brush pots of similar form in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, are illustrated in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch’ing Court, Taipei, 1997, nos. 55 and 58. Another brush pot of this form decorated with a similar Daoism-inspired scene was sold at Christie’s, New York, 18 March 2009, lot 411; and an example from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection was sold at Christie's New York, 20 March 2019, lot 822. Examples with shallow tab feet include one illustrated by Stanley Charles Nott in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, London, 1937, pl. CXXVI, and one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 42 - Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1996, p. 207, no. 169.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019