• For the Enjoyment of Scholars: auction at Christies

    Sale 2391

    For the Enjoyment of Scholars: Selections from the Robert H. Blumenfield Collection

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 831

    A SMALL AMBER WATER POT

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SMALL AMBER WATER POT
    18TH CENTURY
    Carved in high relief with a flowering prunus branch, and rocks on the reverse, the amber opaque and of variegated yellowish-brown color
    3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) long


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    Amber, the translucent fossilized resin of ancient coniferous trees from the Tertiary Period (which spanned from roughly 65 to 2.6 million years ago), was considered to be a symbol of longevity, since it was known to have lain in the ground being transformed over a long period of time. The particular variety used for this charming vessel is called 'root' amber, so called because it was believed that the resin combined with clay at the root of the tree to obtain its color.

    Provenance

    Gerard Levy, Paris.