The rectangular lapis lazuli plaque is framed by an elaborately worked wooden frame with openwork support and base. Carved to the front with a Luohan resting underneath a tree in a mountainous landscape. A nice detail are the sandals, that the arhat has taken off his tired feet and placed in front of him on the ground.
Table screens made of hardstones were particularly popular during the Qing Dynasty. They were usually of rectangular or round shape and often came in pairs. Their function was purely decorative and thus they were decorated with symbolic, auspicious motifs such as pine and crane, bat and deer, rising sun or as in the present piece scholars, immortals of Luohan. Small screens were valued as aesthetic objects for the scholar's desk.
Shape: Rectangular with ornate base
Dimensions: total height is 28.5 cm, maximum width is 13 cm (measured at the base)
Weight: 816 grams
Condition: restored break line as well as minor notches here and there
Provenance: Private collection, Bilbao
Auction results comparison: Sotheby’s, FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, 14 MAY 2014, LONDON, lot 43 (for a Lapis Lazuli screen of comparable size and dating, depicting deer).
尺寸：縂高 28.5 厘米，最寬処13 厘米 （底座）
重量： 816 克