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    A Pair of Chinese Jade Pilgrim Flasks

    Unknown maker, China
    19th century
    Carved jade
    30 inches high

    Pilgrim flasks or vases were devised in antiquity to carry water from holy sites--rivers, streams or lakes--that a people revered for their healing properties. The vessels were actually developed both in the ancient West and the East. This example is from China, hand-crafted in the 19th century, and is a striking example of the jade sculptor's work.

    At 30 inches in height and sculpted from spinach jade, this eccentrically-carved work mixes the light green stone with a modern gold effect and utilitarian usage of the ancient form. The low-relief, recessed central panel of the jade depicts a woman and a young boy in a rural setting of sculpted rocks and trees. The three cylindrical necks that make up the upper portion of the flasks are flanked by openwork handles with sloping shoulders giving the piece a symmetrical, classic form true to its nature.

    The sculpture is mounted on a gilt metal and bronze foliate base with three candelabra emerging from the cylindrical necks of the jade, all in excellent condition. Here, the artist has masterfully blended the ancient form with a more modern effect and use.

    Christie's, London (1985)

    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age.
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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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