A Chinese pale celadon jade mottled with yellow inclusions peach tree raft, carved in high relief with two scholars seated at a table drinking wine in large cups beside two wine jars, another standing scholar steering the naturalistic wood raft with a lingzhi form rudder, the raft carved on both sides with gnarled wood effect and containing a large peony bloom at the front, the back of the raft with a large overhanging peach tree formed from the raft with fruit and leaves, the underside with swirl wave pattern.
7 inches 17.8cm long.
Original detailed carved waveform wood stand.
- From an English private collection.
- Formerly in the collection of Mr O.C. Ainslie Esq. 62 Brook Street London W1.
- Purchased from Bluett & Sons, 9th August 1954, together with original invoice.
- Sold by Sothebys London 16th May 2007 lot no. 253, the property from a private collection.
- Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Recent Acquisitions 2009, no. 53, pp. 96-97.
- A log raft with the immortal Zhang Qin was included by S. Marchant & Son on the front cover of their 80th anniversary exhibition of Chinese Jades from Han to Qing, 86. Another is illustrated by Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argence in Chinese Jades from the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco Museum of Art, pl. XLI. Further examples are illustrated by Jessica Rawson & John Ayers in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, Oriental Ceramics Society, Volume 40, 1974, no. 357, and further example by Lin Shwu Shin in Jade Ch’ing Dynasty Treasures, Taiwan 1997, no. 68, p. 132.