2019_CKS_17114_0130_000(an_inscribed_lapis_lazuli_table_screen_qianlong_period)

Lot 130. An inscribed lapis lazuli table screen, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 8 ¾ in. (22.3 cm.) highEstimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000. Price realised GBP 50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019

The screen is finely carved to one side with a scene of two scholarly figures within a rocky mountainous landscape, climbing a staircase, amidst pine and wutong trees. The upper right corner is incised and gilt with an imperial inscription. The stand is exquisitely carved with two deer beside a waterfall, surrounded by pine, wutong and other foliage, carved hongmu stand.

Note: The inscription contains an imperial poem composed by the Qianlong Emperor, entitled Ceng Luan Die Cui, which may be translated as 'Trees on Range Upon Range of Mountains'. This poem eulogises the beauty of the mountainous landscape scene, and is recorded in the Qing Gaozong Yuzhi Shiwen Quanji (5), Taipei, 1976, juan 1:23.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019