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A SUPERB YELLOW RUSSET JADE CARVING OF AN EGRET, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

A SUPERB YELLOW RUSSET JADE CARVING OF AN EGRET, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

A SUPERB YELLOW RUSSET JADE CARVING OF AN EGRET, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

63,000

USD

A SUPERB YELLOW RUSSET JADE CARVING OF AN EGRET

QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD

清乾隆 黃玉雕一路連科把件



well carved, recumbent with its head turned to the back grasping a lotus sprig in its beak, finely detailed with its three-taloned feet folded neatly under its body, the wings and tail feathers delicately defined with short incisions, with swirling waves on its left side accentuated with two leaping fish, the softly polished stone of an attractive greenish-yellow tone with areas of pale sugar-brown coloration


Length 2⅞ in., 7.3 cm

Overall in good condition with a small chip to the tip of the stem and a minute loss to one lotus petal. A few minute scattered nicks and a few short natural fissures.


整體品相良好,蓮莖末端有一小磕,其蓮瓣見細微磕痕。邊角數處見微細磕痕,玉料帶天然綹縫。


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您徵詢其他專業修復人員,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


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Nagatani, Inc., Chicago, 1st February 1946.

Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).


來源

Nagatani,Inc.,芝加哥,1946年2月1日

史蒂芬•瓊肯三世(1978年逝)收藏


The present figure is remarkable for the fine quality of the yellow stone and the meticulously executed carving, which is an impressive display of the exceptional standard of jade craftsmanship during the height of the Qing dynasty. Apart from the present lot, a closely related yellow jade carving of an egret grasping a lotus sprig, attributed to the Qianlong period, is recorded in the Woolf Collection (see The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jade, London, 2013, pl. 105). Yellow jade was much treasured during the 18th century, particularly by the Qianlong Emperor, whose imperial jade collection surpassed that of any of his predecessors in quality. The Qianlong emperor's contribution to the improvement of jade crafting techniques and his connoisseurship of jades were notable. He insisted on examining every piece of jade in the court collection and recorded his opinion in the form of poems to be published or inscribed on the jades (Yang Boda, 'Jade: Emperor Ch'ien Lung's Collection in the Palace Museum, Peking', Arts of Asia, March-April 1992, p. 82.).


Water birds grasping a lotus flower was a popular subject for jade carvings during the 18th century. For related examples, see a white jade duck from the Mary and George Bloch Collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 23rd October 2005, lot 60; another sold in these rooms, 27th February 1981, lot 477; and a pair sold in our London rooms, 6th November 1973, lot 346. Carvings in yellow jade of this subject, however, are particularly rare; for a yellow jade example featuring a different subject from the same period, see a carving of a recumbent horse, gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by Florence and Herbert Irving, sold in these rooms, 10th September 2019, lot 100.


The present bird, depicted with a long beak, a slender crown feather, and long legs with talons, can be identified as an egret. Together with the lotus flower, it conveys an auspicious symbolic meaning of wishing one to succeed entirely on every level of the civil service examination, as in the Chinese language, a single egret is homophonous with the phrase yilu (all the way), and the lotus plant is the pun for lianke (passing every level of the civil examination).


本品把件玉料上乘,雕工精細,展示清代玉匠臻藝,刻劃白鷺,與蓮花並置,諧音「一路連科」,祝願科舉高中。除本品外,另見一黃玉近例,雕白鷺銜蓮枝,斷代乾隆,伍夫收藏(見《伍夫收藏中國玉器展覽》,倫敦,2013年,圖版105)。十八世紀,黃玉深受珍重,尤受乾隆皇帝青睞,其御藏美玉冠絕歷代各朝。乾隆皇帝在位期間,玉雕工藝發展長足,乾隆帝本人鑑賞玉器心得獨到,堅持每件玉雕親自審視,並提詩讚美,或載於文獻,或刻於玉雕之上(楊伯達,〈Jade: Emperor Ch'ien Lung's Collection in the Palace Museum, Peking〉,《亞洲藝術》,1992年3至4月,頁82)。


刻劃水鳥蓮花之紋飾,流行於十八世紀。比較一白玉寶鴨例,出自瑪麗及莊智博收藏,售於香港蘇富比2005年10月23日,編號60;另一例售於紐約蘇富比1981年2月27日,編號477;再比一對例,售於倫敦蘇富比1973年11月6日,編號346。相近紋飾之黃玉例則甚罕;比較同時期其它題材黃玉作例,如見一臥馬例,由佛羅倫斯及赫伯特•歐雲伉儷惠贈予紐約大都會藝術博物館,售於紐約蘇富比2019年9月10日,編號100。