18th / 19th century
Height: 5 in (12.6 cm)
Diameter: 4 1/8 in (10.6 cm)
An opaque turquoise glass vase with a short everted neck, resting on a thick yellow cased platform carved with a band of lotus petals, the body with four kidney-shaped medallions, the first one depicting a phoenix perched on a rock looking at a peony blossom, the remaining three with sprays of chrysanthemums, quatrefoils and lilies growing from rockwork.
The phoenix and peony is an auspicious combination, forming the rebus “May there be wealth, rank, and good fortune”. See Bartholomew (2006), 6.37.1.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 48
(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.)