A fine pale green jade box and cover Jiaqing
Lot 81
A fine pale green jade box and cover Qianlong/Jiaqing
Sold for £40,800 (US$ 63,843) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine pale green jade box and cover
Qianlong/Jiaqing
Finely worked in the form of a melon, with the deep, straight sides following the outline of the fruit, the slightly convex cover carved in low relief delineating the form of the fruit borne on a leafy stem, with an insect in flight.
7.9cm (3in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased from Spink & Son Ltd., London on 8 January 1988

    Compare a similar pair of white jade boxes in the form of pomegranates, from the Pine and Bamboo Hall collection, with the sides of the box similarly following the contours of the fruit, illustrated in Virtuous Treasures. Chinese Jades for the Scholar's Table, Hong Kong, 2007, Catalogue no.58, where it is suggested that the boxes may have been used to contain cosmetics in an Imperial Palace compound.
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