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Lot 41: Peach-shaped Water Dropper, Daoguang Mark & Period
October 22, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Porcelain, with polychrome painting
China, Daoguang Mark and Period (1821-1850)
Peach-shaped vessel with an orifice in the sculptural modelled branch
The body contrasted revolving with peach motifs, Shou characters, bats and ribbons
Base with six-character Daoguang mark
Height: 7.6 cm
Very good condition
The water dropper is in very good condition. Minor manufactory flaws can be found at the base ring. The height of 7.6 cm.
The peach (桃 tao) is an important and very popular symbol in China, a sign of immortality in gods and longevity in humans. The most famous peaches of immortality can be found in the garden of the Taoist deity Xi Wangmu, the Queen Mother of the West. The latter is often accompanied by her two maids, the immortals Magu and He Xiangu, who also carry peaches with them. Moreover the god of longevity Lao Shouxing is also represented with a peach. In combination with a pomegranate and fingered citron (Buddha’s hand), the fruit symbolize the ‘Three Abundances’.
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