Late 18th to early 19th century
Height: 5 in (12.7 cm)
Diameter: 4 3/8 in (10.9 cm)
An opaque yellow glass covered “ginger” jar with a short cylindrical neck supported by a transparent red overlay platform, the thick yellow body cased with transparent red glass and carved all over with a décor of a butterfly and a group of magpies flying amidst blooming peonies and chrysanthemums growing from rockwork encircling the shallow base, the cover with a matching overlay carved with a single peony in full bloom rising from a rock.
The décor carries a triple blessing wishing the recipient a long life, wealth and honor. The chrysanthemum symbolizes longevity while the peony is the flower of wealth and honor. The butterfly stands for an accumulation of blessings while the association of the magpies and the chrysanthemum extend the wishes to the entire happy family. See Bartholomew (2006), 1.3.3, 2.17.5 and 7.11.3.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 11
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)