Beyond words, people in ancient China gave the jades they carried everyday to their love ones as keepsakes when the time of departure came. With all the carvings and motifs, jades express meanings and emotions in a subtle, yet rich way.
The melon jade carving presented in Christie's New York sale on Chinese ceramics and works of art in mid-March, tactfully delivers heartful blessings and regards with excellent craftmenship. With smooth patina, it is well carved as a lobed melon borne on a leafy, flowering vine that trails down one side and bears a smaller melon of enhaced green colour. It is packed in a delicate zitan box with blue satin. Inside the box cover, it writes, "mian mian gua die" (綿綿瓜瓞), which comes from Shi Jing (詩經, the book of odes and hymns), meaning "be fruitful and multiply" like a profusion of gourds.
A bronze phoenix-form ewer and a famille rose vase with deer motifs are also the highlights of the sale.
Auction House: Christie's New York
Sale: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Arts
Sale No.: 12900
Lot No.: 289
Session 1 | 2017/3/17 10pm
Session 2 | 2017/3/17 2pm
AN UNUSUAL JADE CARVING OF A MELON AND AN IMPERIAL ZITAN BOX AND COVER, 18TH CENTURY
Lot No.: 1078
Size: 8.5cm (jade), 12cm (box)
A VERY RARE SMALL BRONZE PHOENIX-FORM EWER, LATE WESTERN-EARLY EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH-7TH CENTURY BC
Lot No.: 1017
A VERY RARE FAMILLE ROSE ‘HUNDRED DEER’ VASE, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Lot No.: 1237