Qing Dynasty, 17-18th Century
The jade is carved in the shape of a qin in a brocade sash, flanked by a weiqi board, an opened book and a pine branch. All four are wrapped inside a scroll painting depicting a prunus, a bamboo branch and a rockwork landscape. The painting is inscribed with the characters Suihan sanyou tu 歲寒三友圖 “Picture of theThree friends in the Cold of the Year” with seal facsimiles shen 神 and pin 品 “Divine Class”.
The jade is overall white in tone with minor russet inclusions.
A jade carving of similar motif is published in Arts from the Scholar’s Studio, 1986, pp. 236-237, Catalogue No. 226
清十七- 十八世紀 白玉琴棋書畫把玩件