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Lot 212: PAIR OF GENERAL HELMET HUNDREDS BUTTERFLIES JARS
11 November 2016
Marietta, GA, USALive Auction
The Chinese porcelain baluster jar potted in a tall feminine silhouette with broad shoulders and tapers to the foot raised on splayed foot base. The baluster jar is capped by a tall bell-shaped lid, simulated a general's helmet, crowned with an oval pinnacle. The exterior decorated in famille rose hand painting of various bright color butterflies. Banded with interlocking ruyi and repeating petal lappets on rim, neck, collar, and foot. Adorned with gilt over glaze on finial.
The Hundred Butterflies decoration is similar to the Hundred Pleasures but has less emphasis of "long life". The butterfly and bird is a symbol for a young man approaching the woman he loves while the Chinese word for "bird" die is a homophone with the word for "the age of seventy or eighty". The decoration could thus be read as "May you enjoy love and sexual pleasures until old age". See also: Hundred Pleasures Mark on base, a seal mark, with six iron-red script -KaiShu-characters, GuangXu reign Period of Great Qing
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Dimensions: Dimension: 17-1/4" H x 10-1/2" Diam. (each)
Date: Qing Dynasty