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Coupe de mariage en jade céladon pâle sculpté. Chine, Dynastie Qing, Époque Qianlong  (1736-1795) Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012

De forme contournée, une partie de la bordure formant bec verseur, reposant sur quatre pieds, la panse décorée de deux chauves-souris et fungus, les anses en forme de lingzhi retenant chacun un anneau, le dessus orné d'une pierre sonore, de pompons et des caractères fuxi etshou composant un pendentif formant anse. Longueur: 23,2 cm. (9 1/8 in.) Lot 203. Estimate €250,000 - €350,000

ProvenanceFrom the collection of Paul-Louis Weiller (1893-1993) and since then by descent to the present owner
Two old labels stating 'Collezione S. Bulgari, Rome' and 'Collection S. Bulgari, Rome'

NotesBowls of this type are known as 'marriage' bowls, and with their carefully chosen auspicious decoration, were popular in China, especially under the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795).

The present bowl is decorated with bats, lingzhi and shou characters which wish longevity, while the words fu and xi mean 'happiness' and 'double joy'. These different symbols represented on such bowls are commonly used as wedding gift.

The basic shape of a bowl with two handles with loose rings is especially popular from the Qing dynasty and onwards. Most probably the shape derived from archaic gui examples, which constitute of a circular bowl on a low foot ring and two 'C'-scroll handles, but without the loose rings.

Compare with a white jade marriage bowl sold by Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2009, lot 2010.

Christie's. Art d'Asie. 12 June 2012. Paris 

NDB: Cette coupe a été vendue précédemment par GROS & DELETTREZ le 5/42011 pour 810 000 €.

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Grande coupe à bec verseur en jade néphrite vert clair avec deux anses formées de lingzhi retenant des anneaux. Photo GROS & DELETTREZ