China, 1644-1912. Carved to the front with two wayfarers pulling horses over a bridge towards a pavilion located on the top of the rock, below a waterfall cascading down the rocks. The reverse also with a waterfall and a path along the rocks. The translucent stone of a fine celadon tone with patches of russet and creamy white and russet veining, the inclusions skillfully used to enhance the craggy rockwork.
Provenance: From an old English private collection, and thence by descent in the same family.
Condition: Good condition with minor wear, a small chip to a lower corner, and little nibbling to exposed areas. The base with a repair to one foot.
Weight: 158.6 g (excl. stand)
Dimensions: Height 8.6 cm (excl. stand) and 11 cm (incl. stand)
With a finely carved, open worked, and fitted stand dating to the same period. (2)
These mountains, boldly and irregularly carved with rocky paths, waterfall, and vegetation, are often inhabited by tiny figures, exemplifying the concept of 'landscape in miniature.' Compact and upright domed boulders depicting scholars or immortals ascending a path were popular during the Qianlong period, as they symbolized the ascending career of the scholar-literati within the civil service. Boulder mountains testify to the jade carvers' tremendous skills and reflect their reverence for the natural qualities of the stone. They were able to carve elaborate and lively tableaus within the confines of the boulder, keeping the silhouette intact while artistically manipulating the natural 'imperfections' of the stone to enhance the design.
Auction result comparison:
Type: Closely related
Auction: Christie’s New York, 23 March 2018, lot 989
Price: USD 5,625 or approx. EUR 6,200 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A small pale greenish-white jade ‘mountain’, 18th-19th century
Expert remark: Compare the similarly carved rockwork and figures as well as the related size (9.2 cm).
Auction result comparison:
Auction: Christie’s Paris, 10 December 2021, lot 698
Price: EUR 5,625 or approx. EUR 6,100 converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing
Description: A celadon and russet jade boulder, China, Qing dynasty
Expert remark: Compare the related color of the jade and skillful use of russet inclusions. Note the size (14 cm).
重量：158.6 克 (不含底座)
尺寸：高8.6 厘米 (不含底座) 及 11 厘米 (含底座)
價格：USD 5,625（相當於今日EUR 6,200）
專家評論：比較非常相近山石、人物雕刻型態，以及相似的尺寸 (9.2 厘米)。
價格：EUR 5,625（相當於今日EUR 6,100）
專家評論：比較相近的玉石顏色，以及巧妙利用赤褐色的雕刻技巧。請注意尺寸 (14 厘米)。
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