A rare vase in red and white carnelian agate in the shape of a pine trunk adorned with branches loaded with longevity peaches and lingzhis mushrooms, the upper part of the trunk surrounded by clouds in the shape of a ruyi, shell base dyed in green for the upper part and in rosewood for the lower part, 18th century
This object can be compared to an almost identical vase exhibited at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in the Asian Museum of Empress Eugenie, of which several objects come from the looting of the Summer Palace in 1860. The two-tone agates were particularly prized for red color supposed to bring good luck during the reign of Qianlong and, alongside jades, they featured prominently in the cabinets of curiosities that adorned the imperial apartments of the Qing.
The present example is a combination of very auspicious symbols of Taoist philosophy since pine, lingzhi mushroom and peaches were closely associated in ancient China with longevity.
1 000 €