Height: 3 ¼ in (8.3 cm)
Diameter: 8 ½ in (21.6 cm)
A large turquoise glass bowl resting on a small ring foot, the sides flaring to a scalloped rim, the white overlay carved on the outside with an egret flying amidst blooming lotus.
A single egret and lotus form the pun “May you pass your exams all the way”, referring to the civil service examination. See Bartholomew (2006), 4.10.1.
Provenance: Philip and Margaret Hilmes
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 59
(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.)