• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1127

    A RARE AND FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE PLAQUE

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE AND FINELY CARVED WHITE JADE PLAQUE
    18TH CENTURY
    Boldly carved in high relief with three chilong clambering about the faceted body in pursuit of a flaming pearl, with two bats flittering amidst clouds in low relief framed by a thin raised border, the whole between ruyi heads at the top and bottom, carved from a fine white stone of even tone with some traces of pale russet color
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) high


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    The symbolism found in the present lot is especially auspicious, and would have conveyed numerous wishes for the owner. As bats (fu) represent blessings (shuang), two bats form the rebus shuangfu, or 'May you have double blessings.' In addition, bats flittering amidst clouds (yun), which represent fortune, form the rebus fuyun, or 'May you have good fortune or luck.' The two dragons seen on one side of the plaque also convey an auspicious wish, as two confronted dragons form the rebus xi xiangfeng, or 'happiness at reunion.'

    Provenance

    Jade House, 1982.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade: The Image from Within, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 1985 - 1986, no. 218.