A rare wedding pendant calcified "chicken bone" nephrite jade in the shape of a Chinese lock, carved on one side of the He He Erxian brothers and on the other with the inscription "huan tian xi di" (Happiness and Delights), 18th century
By its subject and its votive inscription, this jade must have been a present offered to a young bride as a wedding gift. The lock is an indirect erotic reference but nevertheless quite transparent to the virtue of the wife. Just like the lock of a safe (but safes were often also offered on the occasion of marriage), the intimacy of the faithful wife can only receive one key, that of her husband, but it must remain closed to others to keep firmly locked the bonds of marriage which will then be full of "happiness and delights", like the flowers which frame the two well-sculpted faces of this jade.
Calcified jade was generally associated with archaic ritual jades from the Neolithic period, but it is also used in the Ming and Qing dynasties for articles intended for the office of the scholar or as here to accentuate the idea of ??eternity and solemnity. of the matrimonial bond.
The style of the floral friezes based on Hibiscus, open reference to the imperial bowls of the reign of Chenghua, reflects a clear influence of Western art and it can be brought closer to the fashion of the Baroque arts of the West, spectacularly illustrated under the reign of Qianlong (1736-1795) by the Summer Palace of Yuan Ming Yuan. There is no doubt that this precious pendant, also carved out of a rare and once sought-after type of nephrite, is also part of this fashion which was all the rage among the Manchu elites in the 18th century.
1 800 €