Tuesday 16 May 2023

Lot 52

A Chinese mother-of-pearl-inlaid 'Scholars' box and cover Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period, Qianli...

View More

Lot 52

A Chinese mother-of-pearl-inlaid 'Scholars' box and cover
Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period, Qianli...

Price Realised: £3,510

Estimate: £400 - £600

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

Share this lot

Let your friends and family know about this lot

Lot 52


A Chinese mother-of-pearl-inlaid 'Scholars' box and cover

Qing dynasty, Kangxi Period, Qianli mark

Finely decorated to the cover with a scene of a scholar at a desk within a fenced terrace, beside a seated lady, the interior of the cover with two-character seal mark within a square, the box left plain, 9.1cm diam.

Provenance: Collection Heliot Fils, Paris. (label)

清康熙 黑漆鏍鈿高士圖香盒,鏍鈿「千里」款

來源:Heliot Fils 收藏,巴黎。(標籤)

A native of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, Jiang Qianli was a craftsman specialising in inlaid lacquer whose dates of birth and death are unknown; traditionally, he was thought to have been active in the late Ming period, but recent scholarship now veers towards a Kangxi date instead. Certainly, by 1700 his works appear to have been renowned amongst scholars, to the point that Wang Shizhen (1634-1711) in Chibei outan [Random Chats North of the Lake] notes that "those that are particularly good at one art form in recent times include such people as Pu Zhongqian for bamboo carving and Jiang Qianli for pearl inlay…".

He was known for the delicate and detailed workmanship, as well as the interest in the exploration of the varied textures and colours of the mother of pearl, that can be seen in the present lot. The popularity of his works are seen in a saying that circulated during his lifetime: Every home has a cup and a plate from Jiang Qianli.

Cf. a similar box sold by Sotheby's, New York, 18 March 2017, lot 1434; circular dishes with Qianli mark and similar decoration of scholars were also sold by Sotheby's, Hong Kong, on 2 June 2016, lots 36 and 37 respectively. A rectangular box and cover by him, but with decoration of dragons and a poem, is even in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, https://en.dpm.org.cn/collections/collections/2019-06-24/5728.html.


Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

Export of goods

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain whether an export licence is required before bidding. Export licences are issued by Arts Council England and application forms can be obtained from its Export Licensing Unit. Details can be found on the ACE website www.artscouncil.org.uk or by phoning ACE on 020 7973 5188. The need for import licences varies from country to country and you should acquaint yourself with all relevant local requirements and provisions before bidding. The refusal of any such licences shall not permit the cancelling of any sale nor allow any delay in making full payment for the lot.

Own a similar item?

Receive alerts about similar lots

Continue Browsing

View More Lots View More Lots

LOT 53

Chinese School Early 19th century A set of eight sericulture (silk production) gouache on paper...

Estimate: £4000 - £6000

LOT 54

Zhang Yu (1734 - 1803) A Chinese painting of prunus on steep slope, ink on paper, mounted as...

Estimate: £3000 - £5000

LOT 55

Cao Yong (18th century) A Chinese ink and colour on paper painting mounted in the form of a...

Estimate: £3000 - £5000

LOT 56

An impressive pair of Chinese zitan 'elephant' lantern stands,  Qing dynasty With finely cast...

Estimate: £3000 - £5000

LOT 57

A large Chinese Cizhou-type carved storage jar Yuan dynasty The tapering body rising from a...

Estimate: £2500 - £4000

LOT 58

A Chinese Henan russet-glazed rice measure Song dynasty The vessel thinly potted with gently...

Estimate: £1600 - £2000

LOT 59

A small Chinese 'Guan' Longquan crackled celadon-glazed ewer Song/Yuan dynasty, 13th/14th...

Estimate: £1700 - £2000

LOT 60

A fine Chinese blue and white 'floral' miniature bottle vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi period  Finely...

Estimate: £400 - £600

LOT 61

A fine Chinese blue and white 'crane, deer and pine tree' rouleau vase Qing dynasty, Kangxi...

Estimate: £12000 - £15000

LOT 62

A Chinese wucai figurative jar with ormolu mount Qing dynasty, Shunzhi period The tapered jar...

Estimate: £3000 - £5000

LOT 63

AMENDMENT: There is a change to the condition report of this lot. A Chinese blue and white...

Estimate: £8000 - £10000

LOT 64

A large Chinese blue and white twin handled vase, hu Qing dynasty, 18th century The sturdily...

Estimate: £6000 - £8000

LOT 65

A Chinese blue and white 'eight horses of Muwang' dish Qing dynasty, Kangxi six-character mark...

Estimate: £700 - £1000

LOT 66

A pair of Chinese famille verte square brush pots Late Qing dynasty Painted to the sides with a...

Estimate: £300 - £500

LOT 67

A pair of Chinese famille rose and underglaze blue square brush pots, bitong Qing Dynasty,...

Estimate: £600 - £800

LOT 68

Two Chinese ruby-back 'floral' dishes Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period Each delicately enamelled...

Estimate: £3000 - £5000

Newsletter Signup

Keyword Alerts