Gourd, silver, and ivory; with a flat lip and protruding, slightly concave foot; from a four-part primary mould, with a garden scene on each main side, one with peonies growing beside a perforated natural rock formation, and the other with chrysanthemums in a similar setting, each contained within a thin, raised frame, the narrow sides with mask-and-ring handles, the inner neck and a slim area of the inner lip lined with silver, with an additional inner neck and lip of ivory that, when in place, largely obscures the silver Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 17801850 Height: 5.84 cm Mouth/lip: 1.06/2.10 cm Stopper: ivory and red pigment, carved with two bats flying above formalized clouds, the clouds with traces of red pigment, with integral finial and collar
Condition: Some slight surface wear from use; otherwise, workshop condition
Exhibited: Hong Kong Museum of Art, MarchJune 1994 National Museum of Singapore, November 1994January 1995 British Museum, London, JuneOctober 1995 Israel Museum, Jerusalem, JulyNovember 1997
The mask-and-ring handles here are remarkably similar to those on Sale 1, lot 96, and the wood moulds were probably carved by the same hand, suggesting that both date from the same period.
A related design, but from a different set of moulds (although still four-part) is in Moss 1976, no. 150. Another similar example, but of a different design, was in the Ko Collection, Christie's, London, 9 October 1974, lot 166.