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    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL
    18TH CENTURY
    Carved and pierced with ruyi and bat handles suspending loose rings to the sides, above a band of waves around the exterior in shallow relief and supported on four caparisoned elephant feet, the interior carved in high relief with a central shou character between bats and cloud scrolls, the well polished stone of an even white tone
    9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) wide


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    Bowls of this type are known as 'marriage' bowls, and with their carefully chosen auspicious decoration, were popular in Qing dynasty China, specially under the reign of the Qianlong emperor.
    The interior of the bowl is carved with five bats flying freely amidst ruyi clouds and encircling a shou character. The word for bats in Chinese, fu, combined with the number five, wu, creates the rebus wufu which refers to the Five Blessings - longevity, health, weatlh, love of virtue and a peaceful death.

    The bowl is supported on four caparisoned elephant feet, each bearing a vessel with flower stems on its back. Elephants were indigenous to China in pre-historic times and survived in the south until comparatively recently. Buddhists regarded them as a symbol of the Universal ruler because of their strength and size.

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    Provenance

    T. B. Kitson Collection; Sotheby's London, 30 May 1961, lot 440.
    With John Sparks Ltd., London.