Late 18th to early 19th century
Height: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.)
Diameter: 6 ½ in. (16.6 cm.)
A translucent ‘chicken fat’ yellow glass bowl modeled in the form of a large lotus leaf with a scalloped rim folding over the edge of the lotus leaf, the outer wall carved and incised with a continuous scene of lotus blossoms, leaves and pods, the stalks of the plant forming the elegant foot.
According to Theresa Bartholomew, a clump of lotus represents “firm roots and luxuriant branches, or May your business have a firm foundation and may it flourish.” See Bartholomew (2006), 6.25.1. For similar pieces in green and blue glass, see Brown (1995), cat. no. 100 and 101.
Provenance: acquired in Hong Kong in the early 1970’s
Exhibited: Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, April 7, 2007 – April 6, 2008
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 42