The Lobl Collection of Chinese Jades
Marchant are delighted to announce the exhibition and sale of The Lobl Collection of Chinese Jades. This is Marchant’s 7th Jade show and celebrates their 95th Anniversary, the exhibition coincides with Asian Art Week in London 2020.
The exhibition comprises thirty six pieces from the private collection of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Lobl, amassed over sixty years, predominantly buying from London dealer Louis Joseph and also from Bluett, William Clayton and Marchant. He also bought at Sotheby’s & Christie’s.
One highlight from the collection is the front cover piece, a nine dragon brushwasher (no. 23) which is an exemplary piece of jade carving and comes from the collection of Sir Desmond Cochrane, Bt. It was purchased in London in 1976 by Mr. Lobl. Another highlight, elegant in its simplicity, is the curved pear-shaped ewer (no. 28) with scroll handle and slightly recessed base. One other exceptional highlight is the catalogue back cover piece (no. 25), carved as a ribbon-tied treasure pouch, it is well-hollowed on the interior, while the exterior has two detailed dragons with intricate scales. The reverse has a seven-character couplet in relief, a technique referred to in Japanese as yukibori, which in jade is an extremely difficult and time consuming skill, and was purchased in London in 1967.
Chinese jade pebble carving of a recumbent single-horned mythical animal, pixiu, with bifid tail, detailed spine and claws all resting on ruyi-head clouds.
Chinese large jade carving of a recumbent horse, ma, biting its hind leg, with wide eyes and gently protruding lip, pronounced spine and forelegs neatly tucked underneath, with detailed flowing hairwork to the mane and long tail.
Chinese jade circular waterpot with upright rim, on three short scrolling feet terminating in ruyi-heads, incised at the shoulder with two bands of key-fret and cross lozenge, the interior well-hollowed.
Chinese jade brush washer carved in high relief with nine dragons of different sizes writhing amongst ruyi-head clouds in pursuit of flaming pearls above a swirling wave base with crested waves.
Chinese jade carving of a recumbent ram, yang, holding in its mouth a swirling ruyi-cloud spray supporting a yin-yang, taiqi symbol, with long goatee beard, detailed horns and particularly plump body, the split hooves neatly tucked underneath.
Chinese jade treasure sack, bao fu ping, of pomegranate form with well-hollowed interior, tied at the neck with a long flowing ribbon, the fluted body carved in relief with two dragons amongst stylised ruyi-clouds, the scales on their bodies intricately incised, the larger winged dragon with flames on the body, spikes on the spine and detailed hairwork to the mane, with a relief seven-character couplet, zhong you yun qi sui fei long, “there are clouds and mists following the flying dragons”, the underside gently recessed.
Chinese jade two-handled censer and cover of rectangular form, ding, on four cylindrical legs, carved on each side with an intricate low relief archaic style taotie mask between other animal masks on a key-fret ground, the openwork handles surmounted with animal-head terminals, the cover carved with archaic design on a key-fret ground surmounted by an integral begonia flowerhead finial.
Chinese jade oval waterpot carved in high relief with four dragons grasping the sides in pursuit of a flaming pearl amongst stylised lingzhi clouds and above detailed swirling and crested waves, with further hairwork to the dragons’ manes, the interior well-hollowed.
Chinese jade bowl, wan, in the form of a hibiscus flower with two registers of overlapping petals each incised with veins and relief edges, the interior with a further flowerhead with crossed hatch centre repeated on the underside with a petal shaped foot rim.
Chinese jade Mughal-style octagonal lobed oval petal-shape cup, the foliate body carved on each petal in low relief with a begonia flowerhead on a scrolling leafy branch above a band of lappets, all on a straight foliate foot rim.
Chinese Mughal-style jade thinly carved small wine cup, bei, with gently flared rim, the exterior with eight panels of low relief branches with upright leaves above an incised band, the base carved with an eight-petal flower, all on a short foot rim.
Chinese jade bowl and cover with gently flared rim and straight foot rim, carved above the foot with a band of stylised long leaves, repeated on the cover beneath the upright finial.
Chinese jade archaic style disc, bi, lightly incised on each side with a wide band of three different stylised dragons, a boar and a bird within a rope border encircling four interlocking taotie masks.
Chinese jade slender two-handled bottle vase carved on each side of the body with a wide band of an archaic-style taotie mask between bands of lappets, the neck with cicada-shape lappets above two bands of key-fret between openwork stylised dragon handles.
Chinese jade slender two-handled baluster vase and cover of flattened form incised on the larger sides with prunus and bamboo branches amongst rockwork with mountains in the distance and pine and peony branches with openwork scroll handles, all beneath a key-fret band repeated on the cover rim and the foot.
Chinese jade slender two-handled baluster vase with indented corners, fluted edges and openwork phoenix-head handles.