28 November 2006
A SMALL WHITE JADE DOUBLE-GOURD-SHAPED WATERPOT
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Modelled as a double-gourd hollowed to form the receptacle, enveloped around the sides and base with a smaller gourd and large leaves amidst coiling vines, one end of the waterpot carved with a butterfly, the semi-translucent stone with an area of colour-enahanced russet 'skin'
3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm.) long, stand
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Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 104
Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004
Although modelled as a waterpot, this vessel is realistically too small to perform that task adequately. Instead, it was most probably intended as a fingering piece with scholarly connections.
The combined imagery of the gourd and the butterfly forms the rebus guadie mianmian, which translates as a wish for numerous offspring.
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