Chinese collection

Item LL 70
detail of item LL 70

Accession no: LL 70
Object type: Jade, Hardstone and Glass
Name: Vase in the form of a pilgrim bottle on gilt-metal stand
Materials: Nephrite
Place made: Beijing (Pekin), China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 35.6 cm

Description: Vase, of pilgrim form, with two handles in the form of flowers and foliage with loose rings attached. Dome-shaped cover with flower knob. Dark mottled green jade, carved with designs in relief. On each side is a large medallion, with a rosette in the centre from which radiate formal floral arabesques, and ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') heads. Round the design are ranged the Eight Emblems. Borders of key fret and ju-i heads. Richly tooled stand of copper gilt.

Provenance
Objects from the Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), Pekin, Christie, Manson & Woods, 6 June 1861; Sir Trevor Lawrence collection; his sale, Christie's, 29 May 1916, lot 123, purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons for Lever, £358; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Exhibited
The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, organised by The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, 26 May - 2 July 1964, London: The Arts Council Gallery.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 781. S. C. Nott, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1936 (reprinted 1962), Plate CX. Arts Council Catalogue, 1964, No. 409. M. Medley, “Chinese Art in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight”. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol. 44 (1979-1980), 1981, p.13, Plate 15. N. Pearce, ''Soldiers, Doctors, Engineers: Chinese Art and British Collection, 1860-1935''. Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, Vol. 6, 2001, p. 45.