• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 140

    A WELL-CARVED WHITE JADE PEACH-FORM POURING VESSEL

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A WELL-CARVED WHITE JADE PEACH-FORM POURING VESSEL
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Finely carved as a large plump peach with a rounded spout flanked by leaves opposite an openwork leafy branch that overhangs the interior and continues down the side and onto the underside to form the base, with a pair of bat-form handles suspending loose rings, the well-polished, semi-translucent stone of even, pale greenish-white tone with some spots of added pale russet color
    6 in. (15.3 cm.) across handles, box


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    The symbolism on the present lot is especially auspicious. The bats, fu, represent blessings, and peaches, shoutao, represent longevity. Together, bats and peaches form the rebus fushou shuangquan, 'may you possess both blessings and longevity'.

    A very similar white jade peach-shaped pouring vessel in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated by Jiu-fang Li and Yang Boda, Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages: Connoisseurship of Chinese Jades, vol. 12, Hong Kong, 1997, p. 141, no. 70. See, also, the Qianlong period white jade peach-form pouring vessel of the same size although without ring handles, also carved with bats in flight, from the di Portanova Collection, sold in these rooms, 20 October 2000, lot 102.

    Provenance

    Old English collection.