Late 18th to early 19th century
Height: 3 ¾ in (9.5 cm)
Diameter: 3 7/8 in (9.7 cm)
A translucent white glass jar of bulbous form, decorated with a six-color overlay of green, red, yellow, pink, blue and brown, depicting bats flying amidst three trees springing from a rockwork and bearing peaches, pomegranate and finger citrons, the short foot ring of green overlay.
For a bottle vase with similar decoration, see Asiantiques (1997), cat. no. 48. Bats, Buddha’s hand citrons, pomegranates and peaches mean “May you have an abundance of blessings, long life and sons” or “May you be blessed with the Three Abundances.” See Bartholomew (2006), 1.1.26 and 1.2.3.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 30
(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.)