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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 40 

Lot 40

Lot 40
Treasury 1, no. 124

Nephrite of pebble material; well hollowed, with a flat foot; carved with a continuous rocky landscape scene with two scholars playing a board game on a rock table beneath a fruiting peach tree while, in the foreground, a young attendant kneels holding a peach in his hands, and with a massive, convoluted rock formation on which one monkey climbs and beneath which another sits holding a peach, with pines and other trees growing from the rocks and with wispy cloud near the top of the rock
Suzhou, 1730–1850
Height: 6.28 cm
Mouth: 0.55 cm
Stopper: jadeite, carved as a crouching frog

Sotheby’s, London, 24 April 1989, lot 173

JICSBS, Spring 1989, inside back cover
JICSBS, Autumn 1989, p. 26, fig. 1
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 40
Treasury 1, no. 124

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

This bottle is in the classic Suzhou style and probably dates from the Qianlong period or a little later. The massive convoluted rock-formation owes part of its wonderfully sculptural, natural form to the fact that it was dictated by an area of whiter colouring in the mottled greyish nephrite. As the great rock meets the ground, another peak rises to one side and the colour changes to the rich russet-brown of the natural skin of the pebble.


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