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A WHITE JADE 'DOUBLE-GOURD' SEAL
PROPERTY FROM THE WU MAODING FAMILY COLLECTION
A WHITE JADE 'DOUBLE-GOURD' SEAL

18TH CENTURY

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A WHITE JADE 'DOUBLE-GOURD' SEAL
18TH CENTURY
The seal of double-gourd form is surmounted by a clambering chilong carved in high relief with its head turned backwards over the shoulder, and the underside is carved in seal script with the characters Yangxing Zhai ('Studio of the Cultivation of Nature'). The greenish-white stone has some natural striations.
2 in. (5 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Wu Maoding (1850-1928) Collection, and thence by descent within the family.

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The Studio of the Cultivation of Nature is a secluded retreat within the imperial gardens in the northwest section of the Forbidden City. The studio and surrounding gardens are designed with an artificial hill and elaborate rockery to evoke the feeling of being in a remote landscape and thereby cultivate a sense of peace. The last Qing emperor, Pu Yi, was instructed by his British tutor Reginald Johnston in this studio.

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