Lot 3239. A pair of carved and reticulated celadon jade parfumiers, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 21.2cm., 8 3/8 in. Estimate 1,200,000 — 1,500,000 HKDLot Sold 2,060,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

each of rectangular square section, finely carved and pierced with Immortals and their attendants ascending a rocky mountain path past trees and waterfalls towards a retreat, the base and top pierced with a central square aperture and carved with ruyi-shaped clouds, the well-polished stone of pale celadon tone with light caramel inclusions.

Provenance: Spink & Son, London, circa 1970.
Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman
Christie's Hong Kong, 28th November 2006, lot 1363.

Exhibited: Christie's New York, 13th-26th March 2001.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004.

Literature: Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 98. 

NoteJade parfumiers were used to help dispel unpleasant odors. Incense or perfume sticks were stuck inside the container through one of the removable plugs at the ends and the fragrance or smoke would be released through the openwork design.  Compare a similar pair carved with figures in a landscape in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jades. vol. 2,  Shanghai, 2008, no. 34, and included in the exhibition, China: The Three Emperors, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. no. 227.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 08 april 2011