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A CELADON JADE ‘WASHING THE ELEPHANT’ CARVING, QING
清代青玉雕洗象擺件

China, 1644-1912. Carved as a huge elephant standing foursquare with its head turned to the right and trunk curled onto the right foreleg. The head is incised with a sun symbol. A foreigner is seated on the elephant’s back emptying a jug of water over its side, a boy by the right hindleg is scrubbing the pachyderm with a long brush.

Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, few microscopic nicks here and there, the stone with few natural fissures, some of which may have developed into small cracks over time.

Weight: 1,900 g
Dimensions: Height 14.3 cm, Length 12.5 cm

The smoothly finished gray-green stone with cloudy-white inclusions and russet speckles.

Literature comparison: The scene of washing the elephant is well known and can be found on a jade group in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jade ware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl.98; and on a jade boulder in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch’ing Court, Taipei, 1997, pl.44.

Auction result comparison: A related jade carving was sold by Bonhams New York in Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art on 21 July 2020, lot 98, for USD 10,075. Another related jade carving was sold by Christie’s New York in Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from a Private Collection on 13 September 2018, lot 958, for USD 23,750.

清代青玉雕洗象擺件
中國,1644-1912。青玉雕一頭巨大的大象,直立,頭部轉向右側,鼻子縮在右側前肢上。 頭部刻有太陽符號。 一個外族人坐在大象背上,從大象的側面倒出一壺水,一個男孩立於象右側後腿旁正用長刷子擦洗大象。

來源:英國私人收藏
品相:狀況極佳,磨損小,局部有微小的磕損,玉石内有少量天然裂紋,隨著時間的流逝,其中一些可能會發展成小裂縫。
重量:1,900 克
尺寸:高14.3 厘米,長12.5 厘米

表面光滑潤澤,灰綠色玉石帶有灰白色玉沁和赤褐色斑沁。

拍賣結果比較:一件相似玉雕售于紐約邦翰思Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art拍場,2020年7月21日,lot 98, 售價 USD 10,075。另一件相近玉雕售于紐約佳士得Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from a Private Collection拍場。2018年9月13日,lot 958, 售價USD 23,750.

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China, 1644-1912. Carved as a huge elephant standing foursquare with its head turned to the right and trunk curled onto the right foreleg. The head is incised with a sun symbol. A foreigner is seated on the elephant’s back emptying a jug of water over its side, a boy by the right hindleg is scrubbing the pachyderm with a long brush.

Provenance: British private collection.
Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, few microscopic nicks here and there, the stone with few natural fissures, some of which may have developed into small cracks over time.

Weight: 1,900 g
Dimensions: Height 14.3 cm, Length 12.5 cm

The smoothly finished gray-green stone with cloudy-white inclusions and russet speckles.

Literature comparison: The scene of washing the elephant is well known and can be found on a jade group in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jade ware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl.98; and on a jade boulder in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch’ing Court, Taipei, 1997, pl.44.

Auction result comparison: A related jade carving was sold by Bonhams New York in Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art on 21 July 2020, lot 98, for USD 10,075. Another related jade carving was sold by Christie’s New York in Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from a Private Collection on 13 September 2018, lot 958, for USD 23,750.

清代青玉雕洗象擺件
中國,1644-1912。青玉雕一頭巨大的大象,直立,頭部轉向右側,鼻子縮在右側前肢上。 頭部刻有太陽符號。 一個外族人坐在大象背上,從大象的側面倒出一壺水,一個男孩立於象右側後腿旁正用長刷子擦洗大象。

來源:英國私人收藏
品相:狀況極佳,磨損小,局部有微小的磕損,玉石内有少量天然裂紋,隨著時間的流逝,其中一些可能會發展成小裂縫。
重量:1,900 克
尺寸:高14.3 厘米,長12.5 厘米

表面光滑潤澤,灰綠色玉石帶有灰白色玉沁和赤褐色斑沁。

拍賣結果比較:一件相似玉雕售于紐約邦翰思Fine Chinese Paintings and Works of Art拍場,2020年7月21日,lot 98, 售價 USD 10,075。另一件相近玉雕售于紐約佳士得Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from a Private Collection拍場。2018年9月13日,lot 958, 售價USD 23,750.

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