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

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1539


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    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    The compressed globular body is supported on four short splayed feet, straddling horizontally across the broad mouth rim with a musical chime joined by knotted ribbons to a double-happiness symbol, Shuangxi, carved in openwork, terminating with further ribbons suspending tassels framing either side of the gently everted spout, the sides of the vessel with a pair of loop-handles, suspending loose rings, each handle formed by a bat with wings outstretched resting on the mouth rim, the well polished, translucent stone of an even motton-fat tone
    8 7/8 in. (22.4 cm.), stand

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    The present lot is a classic example of the ideals of Qing jade carving where twin elements appear together, in this instance the double-happiness character and the pair of tasselled endless knots appearing together to symbolise harmony and eternal marital bliss. From the subject-matter, it is possible that this vessel was made as a wedding present, and a number of these remain in the Palace Museum, Beijing. Yang Boda discussed this group of objects in his essay 'Selected Treasures from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman', published in the present catalogue, pp. 24-29.

    A very similar water-pot from the Helen and Peter Collection was included in the 45th Anniversary Exhibition of the Min Chiu Society, Auspicious Emblems, Hong Kong, 2005, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 218; a slightly smaller water-pot of comparable design is illustrated by Yang Boda (ed.), Essence of Qing Jades, Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 200-201; an example with a Shou character on the bridge is in the Tianjin Municipal Museum, illustrated in Cang Yu, Hong Kong, 1993, pls. 204-205; and another also with a Shou symbol, was included in the Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibition, Three Dynasties of Jade, 1971, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 44.


    Lady McCorquodale, London
    Christie's London, 21 October 1974, lot 88


    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no.67


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