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.

Available Pieces
  • 26. M4995


    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.

  • 27. M4984


    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.

  • 29. M4988


    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.

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  • 30. M4993


    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.

  • 31. M5016


    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.

  • 32. M4998


    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.

  • 33. M5020


    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.

  • 34. M5004


    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.

  • 35. M5003


    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.

  • 36. M5000


    Chinese jade slender two-handled baluster vase with indented corners, fluted edges and openwork phoenix-head handles.

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