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    Sale 2625

    A Fine Collection of Chinese Bamboo Carvings from the Personal Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2309

    A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO GOURD-SHAPED BOX AND COVER

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    A FINELY CARVED BAMBOO GOURD-SHAPED BOX AND COVER
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Naturalistically rendered in the round in the form of a double gourd, carved and layered in high relief on both sides with further smaller gourds suspended from leafy vines delicately pierced to simulate insect holes, the cover adorned with a large cricket depicted resting on one of the leaves
    4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.) long


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    Compare with a box and cover of very similar design attributed to the Qing imperial workshops illustrated by H.L. Huang in The Exquisite Art of Bamboo Carving, Taipei, 2007, pp. 166-169. Another from the Dr. Ip Yee Collection, signed Pu Cheng, was included in the exhibition, Bamboo Carving of China, 1983 and illustrated by Wang Shixiang and Wan-go Weng, Catalogue, no. 26.

    Compare also the similar depiction of a gourd, particularly of the leaves and trailing vine, on a white jade double-gourd-shaped vessel in the Alan and Simone Hartman Collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Part II, 27 November 2007, lot 1552.

    Provenance

    Acquired in London in the 1960's