Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
Given the NGV International's A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor, 1736 - 1795 exhibition, on until 21 June 2015 (visit NGV), Mossgreen's forthcoming Autumn Auction Series is timely, particularly in respect of its session for "Chinese & Asian Art",
The standout piece is a museum quality, rare and magnificent carved white jade 'lotus leaf' brush washer, from the early Qing Dynasty (Lot 31). In the accompanying catalogue entry, it notes "Lotus was highly appreciated by Chinese scholars, it represents their spiritual purity..." And "Chinese Jade in Qing dynasty was often carved in a nature form, which represents the naturalism idea of scholars."
A fine carved white jade “lotus leaf” brush washer, "Bixi", early Qing Dynasty, 17th /18th century
A fine carved white jade “lotus leaf” brush washer, "Bixi", early Qing Dynasty, 17th /18th century, the stem acting as a handle, the vessel supported on a bed of small leaves and tendrils, the veins in the leaves exquisitely carved, the exterior with traces of russet skin.
Zitan stand with Spink and Son Ltd. label.
15.3cm long, 14.5cm wide, 7.1cm high
Estimate: AUD30,000 to AUD40,000
Spink & Son Ltd., 28/4/1987
Another similar white jade brush washer although smaller in size and with a simpler design was sold at Christie's King Street, UK, in November 2013, Lot.80.
(Estimate:£8,000 to £12,000. Price realized: £10,625)
A SMALL WHITE JADE 'LOTUS LEAF' BRUSH WASHER, XI, 18TH CENTURY
The washer is elegantly modelled in the form of a curled lotus leaf, with the exterior carved with a thick stem to one side. Naturalistic veins are depicted rising from the base to the incurved rim. The stone is of an even pale milky tone.
3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) wide
Provenance: Spink & Son Ltd., London
Mossgreen's forthcoming Autumn Auction Series comprises 679 lots and will be auctioned over 4 sessions. "Chinese & Asian Arts" (Lots 1-140) which commences Tuesday 16 June. (Visit Mossgreen)