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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1503

    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL

    Price Realised  

    A FINE WHITE JADE MARRIAGE BOWL
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The bowl raised on five short scroll feet, the slightly rounded sides carved to the exterior with a band of butterflies among fruiting gourd branches divided by a pair of large butterfly handles carved in the round with wings spread over the everted rim, each suspending a loose ring, the interior carved in high relief with a central roundel of peach, pomegranate and finger citron forming the sanduo, the 'Three Abundances', the stone of an semi-translucent even white tone with minor opaque inclusions to one side
    7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) diam., stand


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    Handles on marriage bowls are most commonly carved as bats or dragons,however the unusual use of the butterflies on the current bowl is highly auspicious at a number of different levels and is an appropriate symbol to complement the use of this bowl as a marriage gift. The two handles depicting butterflies facing one another signify the joyful meeting between a man and wife. The combination of butterflies and gourds in the band to the exterior is a pun on the wish for progeny, the Chinese words for gourds, gua and butterflies die being homonyms for part of the phrase guadie mianmian, 'May there be ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons'. The depiction of the long gourd stems bearing many fruits with plentiful seeds re-enforces the image. Finally the sanduo roundel in the centre of the bowl represents the wish for blessings, long life and many sons.

    Compare to a similar example illusrated by S. Nott in Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages, London, 1936, pl. CXCIX; and aother illustrated by the same author, in The Flowery Kingdom, New York, 1947, pl. CIII.

    Provenance

    Bluett & Sons, circa 1970


    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 88


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004