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A RARE LARGE WHITE AND SPINACH-GREEN JADE AUBERGINE-FORM VASE AND COVER
PROPERTY FROM THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS, SOLD TO SUPPORT ART ACQUISITIONS AND COLLECTIONS CARE
A RARE LARGE WHITE AND SPINACH-GREEN JADE AUBERGINE-FORM VASE AND COVER

QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY

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A RARE LARGE WHITE AND SPINACH-GREEN JADE AUBERGINE-FORM VASE AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY
The well-hollowed white stone with some faint russet streaks is naturalistically carved in the form of an aubergine, inlaid on top with spinach-green jade as part of the calyx, complete with the cover also in spinach-green jade.
6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) overall height
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910

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Jade eggplants of this design were usually made in the form of smaller snuff bottles, such as the set of ten in the National Palace Museum Collection, also carved out of white jade and inlaid with spinach-green jade as the stem, illustrated in Lifting the Spirit and Body: The Art and Culture of Snuff Bottles, Taipei, 2012, no. IV-058. Large vases with covers like the current example are extremely rare. It was very likely intended to be a treasured item for display rather than having any practical use, since it could not stand on its own without a wooden stand.

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