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A PAIR OF 'GRAPE ARBOR' JARDINIÈRES
A PAIR OF 'GRAPE ARBOR' JARDINIÈRES

18TH-19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF 'GRAPE ARBOR' JARDINIÈRES
18TH-19TH CENTURY
Each cloisonné enamel jardinière of hexalobed shape contains a white jade figure of a boy standing beneath an arbor supporting grape vines with greyish-green leaves and clusters of amethyst and green quartz grapes.
17 ½ in. (44.5 cm.) high approximately

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According to Terese Tse Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 2006, p. 79, the motif of grape clusters are indicative of a wish for ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons, similar to the wish implied by the bottle gourds. A pair of cloisonné jardinieres supporting similar fruit laden hardstone plants was sold at Christie's London, 5 December 2012, lot 569.

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