• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    A FINE SMALL AGATE CARVING OF A DOUBLE GOURD

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A FINE SMALL AGATE CARVING OF A DOUBLE GOURD
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The taupe stone with veined russet inclusions pierced and carved as a double gourd borne on a gnarled leafy stem with sinuous tendrils and bearing a smaller gourd partially concealed under a curled leaf, a bat carved from a russet patch in the stone forming the base
    3 in. (7.7 cm.) high


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    The combination of a gourd and a bat expresses a wish for ample progeny and happiness.