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A FINELY CARVED WHITE AND RUSSET JADE LYCHEE GROUP
18TH CENTURY
The group is well carved in the form of two lychee borne on a leafy stem, with a bee alighted on top of the leaf of the smaller fruit. The white stone is highlighted by areas of russet color.
2 in. (5.1 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Christie's New York, 1 December 1988, lot 81.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 102, no. 59.
Exhibited
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 59.

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The lychee (lizhi) combined with a bee or wasp (feng) may represent the wish for good fortune.

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