Late 18th to early 19th century
Height: 4 ¾ in (12.1 cm)
An opaque white glass jar of bulbous form with a sapphire blue glass overlay, carved in high relief with six oblong medallions and a band of stylized ruyi lappets encircling the neck; the first panel depicting a peacock perched on a rock with a butterfly, a large peony and lingzhi; the second panel with two magpies, a butterfly and a large chrysanthemum growing from rockwork; the third panel with two magpies on a branch of plum growing from rockwork; the fourth panel with a butterfly, a large quatrefoil flower and lingzhi growing from rockwork; the fifth panel with a butterfly, a large iris and lingzhi growing from rockwork; and the sixth panel with a butterfly, lilies and lingzhi growing from rockwork.
Provenance: acquired in Boston in the early 1990’s
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 33
(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.)