A unique white jade water dropper and cover Qianlong
Lot 208
A unique white jade water dropper and cover Qianlong
HK$ 1.7 million - 2.2 million
US$ 220,000 - 280,000

Lot Details
A unique white jade water dropper and cover Qianlong A unique white jade water dropper and cover Qianlong A unique white jade water dropper and cover Qianlong
A unique white jade water dropper and cover
Qianlong
The naturalistic vase finely worked in the form of a double gourd, rising from an oval ringed foot to a flattened body, flanked by a spout in the form of a curled leaf and the handle of a vertical gnarled branch, the handle extending upwards towards the cover forming the knop creating a sense of an entity as a whole, all issuing dense stem leaves worked in high relief, one side with two bats playing in flight.
10.4cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 白玉福壽長春水注

    The finely rendered details of the leaves and branches and the rather unique design of water dropper demonstrate the superb craftsmanship of the Imperial workshops under the supervision of the Qianlong Emperor. The cover was specially designed with a fitting plug to fit perfectly into the groove on the mouthrim, which results in a more contiguous design between the cover and the body. The peach branches, together with the two bats represent 'longevity with double-happiness', which became a favoured motif at the Qing court. For a pale green jade cup with similar design but in peach form from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware II, Beijing, 2008, p.274, pl.229.

    水注溜肩,鼓腹,圈足,白玉玉質瑩潤透亮,器身及蓋外側圓雕壽桃枝葉,一古枝作水柱柄,桃葉作水注口,器身另一面雕兩隻蝙蝠,寓意福壽雙全,水柱蓋及身子母口一側專門雕一凹槽,使得蓋與器身完美契合,頗具匠心,為難得一見之文房佳器。

    桃枝桃葉富有「長壽」、「長春」之意,蝙蝠寓「福」,因此又稱福壽長春水注,參看北京故宮博物院清宮舊藏一件清代青玉福壽桃形杯,亦以桃枝及蝙蝠為裝飾主題,見張廣文編,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系,玉器(下)》,北京,2008年,頁274,圖版229。
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