Lot 2849. A carved white jade ‘landscape’ boulder, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 6.½ in. (16.7 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 937,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
The carver skilfully created the idealised landscape scenes from natural stone. The boulder is of rounded triangular form resembling a mythical rocky landscape. It is finely carved in relief with two bearded immortals holding baskets of lingzhi fungus and peaches walking through tall pine and wutong trees, while an attendant stands below the steps holding a tasselled chime. A pavilion is seen behind the immortals. The reverse is carved in a similarly framed landscape with trees growing from rocky cliffs, hongmu stand, box.
Provenance: Charles V. Swain (1914-2006)
Roger Keverne Ltd., London, 26 May 2009
A British private collection.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 9 July 2020