Lot 132. A finely carved spinach-green jade 'marriage bowl', Qianlong period (1736-1795); 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) wide across handlesEstimate GBP 60,000 - GBP 80,000. Price realised GBP 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019

The large bowl is skillfully carved with rounded sides rising from five shallow lobed feet. The thick sides are carved to the exterior in high-relief with large chrysanthemum blossoms and leafy tendrils. The bowl is flanked with two inticately carved butterfly handles suspending a loose ring, the outstretched wings and long curling antennae spanning the flattened slightly everted rim. The centre of the interior is similarly decorated with a single chrysanthemum spray with large meandering leaves. The stone is of a dark spinach-green tone with white and grey inclusionshongmu and padauk stand.

NoteA carved spinach-green jade 'marriage bowl' with very similarly carved butterfly handles dated to the 18th Century was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 31 May 2010, lot 2088.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019