Lot 710. A well-carved pale greenish-white jade ewer, 18th century; 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 40,000. Price realised USD 161,000. © Christie’s Image Ltd 2014.

The ewer is raised on an oblong foot and is well carved in relief with an allover design oflingzhi that surrounds four panels of fruiting branches, each bearing two fruit, that represent the sanduo. Peaches, as well as a bat, are depicted in the two ruyi-shaped panels on the broad sides; a branch of finger citron is below the spout; and a branch of pomegranates is at the other end where it is overlapped by the base of the openwork, angular scroll handle around which twines a tree peony branch. There is some opaque mottling in the semi-translucent stone. 

Provenance: Anna Ilsley Ball Kneeland (1865-1955), New York, acquired 1918-1931, and thence by descent within the family.

Exhibited: On loan: Yale University Art Gallery, 1955 to April 2014.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 18 – 19 September 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza