26 novembre 2019

A very rare semi-opaque green glass peach-form box and cover with tourmaline ink palette, 18th-19th century

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Lot 1221. A very rare semi-opaque green glass peach-form box and cover with tourmaline ink palette, 18th-19th century. Box 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) across; palette 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) acrossEstimate $60,000 - USD 80,000Price realised USD 200,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2012

The emerald-green glass box and cover made in imitation of green jade and well carved in high relief with a leafy branch issuing from one side, the two leaves carved on the underside framing an inscribed mark, Haoyuan zhenwan (the treasured thing of Haoyuan); the pale pink tourmaline palette also of peach form with a well at one end.

ProvenanceCola Ma, Hong Kong

ExhibitedSumptuous Elegance: Art of the 18th Century Qing Dynasty, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 17 March - 30 June 1992.

NoteHaoyuan zhenwan (the treasured thing of Haoyuan) is a mark associated with Xu Shizhang (1889-1954). Xu was a businessman and famous collector/connoisseur of Chinese art during the Republic era. Xu was also the cousin of Xu Shichang, the President of the Republic of China from 10 October 1918 to 2 June 1922. After Xu's death, his family donated much of his collection to the Tianjin Art Museum.
A clear amber glass box of similar peach form dated to the 18th century in the collection of Alan E. Feen is illustrated by E.B. Curtis ed., Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere: The Glass of China, England/Vermont, 2004, p. 72, fig. 8.7.

Christie's. Auspicious Treasures for Scholars and Emperors: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection, 22 March 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza


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