• 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 1119

    A WHITE JADE PEACH-FORM BOX AND COVER

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    A WHITE JADE PEACH-FORM BOX AND COVER
    Carved from the brilliant white stone in the form of a peach, the cover with a crane descending with a sprig of lingzi in its mouth, the bottom carved with fruiting and flowering peach branches, opening to reveal the interior, carved in high relief inside the cover with a bat and water chestnut, and inside the box with a fruiting pomegranate branch
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long


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    The present box, carved from brilliant white nephrite, is replete with auspicious wishes found amidst its decoration. The crane (he) and peach (tao), both symbols of longevity, together form the rebus heshou yannian (May the crane and peaches extend your years). The addition of the lingzhi fungus, another symbol of longevity, further strengthens this wish. The bat (fu) and water chestnut (biqi) on the interior of the cover represent connubial bliss, while the pomegranate carved in the interior of the box represents fertility, and the arrival of numerous sons.

    Provenance

    A. Wedderein, New York, 1967.


    Exhibited

    Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, 26 September 1986 - 15 March 1988.