Hong Kong, August 25, 2016 – Rasti Chinese Art is delighted to present a special exhibition featuring 28 exquisite pieces of imperial white jade and marble carvings of exceptional provenance. Concurrently, Chinese artist Wang Mansheng’s ink paintings will be shown in conjunction with the antique objects, inviting audiences on a rich spiritual
journey through the unique combination of antiquities and contemporary art, rooted in a shared heritage of the Chinese literati tradition. The exhibition runs from 29th September to 8th October at Rasti Chinese Art.
The exhibition presents for the first time 6 pieces of rare white marble, considered a relatively under-explored category by the market. Through founder Nader Rasti’s extensive experience of over 30 years in the field, and through his professional knowledge and distinct market sense of Asian art, the exhibition is expected to lead the discovery into a new and exciting category. Throughout China’s history, Hebei province has been the source of the finest quality white marble, consistently mined for palace decorations and for the Forbidden City. While architectural adaptation of the material was widely employed, smaller vessels bearing the same caliber of workmanship from the 18th century are extremely rare. Similar examples to the Hebei White Marble Rectangular Vase covered with auspicious emblems on display can be found in the treasure cabinets at Shu Fang Zhai or the ‘Studio of Cleansing Fragrance’ in the Forbidden City. Two white marble washers, and two white heads of Guanyin as well as a white marble square planter are testament to the impeccable intricacy of the works on offer.
Sought after highlights from the selection of white jade include three sophisticated pieces from the collection of Edward T. Chow, the legendary dealer-collector considered one of the most important figures of Chinese art in the 20th century. The jade quail and lingzhi group is a tour-de-force in every aspect with its pure white colour, use of russet-skin and perfectly detailed carving, comparable to the finest examples from the Qianlong period. The knife handle or kard, from the collection of Fong Chow, former curator of the Chinese art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art confirms Qianlong’s affinity for Mughal-style jades. The two white jade pendants from a Hong Kong collector typify local connoisseurs’ interest in small jade carvings, while a chestnut hare is included for its delicate carving with considered use of stone. The final highlight is the superbly carved parrot and peach group from a Scottish collection.