A fine and rare red lacquer 'Da Ji' double-gourd vase Qianlong
Lot 311
A fine and rare red lacquer 'Da Ji' double-gourd vase
Qianlong
£60,000 - 80,000
US$ 99,000 - 130,000
Auction Details
A fine and rare red lacquer 'Da Ji' double-gourd vase Qianlong
Lot Details
A fine and rare red lacquer 'Da Ji' double-gourd vase
Qianlong
The rounded sides of the larger and smaller lobes crisply carved through the lacquer with four sets of two circular panels each gilt with the characters Da and Ji, each panel alternating with one of the Eight Buddhist symbols, bajixiang, the bottom panels separated by the conch, the parasol, the endless knot and the wheel of fire and the top panels by the double fish, the vase, the lotus and the banner, all surrounded by lotus scroll and set on a geometric ground. 37cm (14½in) high

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 剔紅描金大吉葫蘆瓶

    The Qianlong period saw active guidance from the Emperor himself over the production of Court lacquerware. The style developed under his direction is recognisable for its opulence combined with precision of knifework: the present outstanding deeply-carved double-gourd vase is a fine example of this style of craftsmanship. The formal structure of the design is complemented by the vigorous and lively rendition of each element such as the Buddhist Emblems and the surrounding scrollwork. Compare a lacquer tripod censer, Qianlong seal mark and of the period, carved with a similarly crisp and precise style with the Eight Buddhist Emblems amid scrolls, illustrated in Carving the Subtle Radiance of Colors: Treasured Lacquerware in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, no.147.

    The characters da ji express the wish for good fortune, and are frequently used to decorate objects of the double-gourd shape. The bottle gourd itself is associated with the Daoist Immortals, and in particular Li Tieguai who used the gourd as a container for medicine. This pairing of the bottle gourd with the da ji characters thus creates a particularly auspicious object.

    Compare a related red lacquer double-gourd vase, dated to the Qing Dynasty, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing (Gu00109342). Compare also a similar vase from the British Museum and dated to the 16th/17th century, illustrated by O.Bilitz, Oriental Lacquer, 1969, no.27.
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