Fruits and flowers encapsulating auspicious messages were highly favoured in the 18th century and the pomegranate was especially popular as it stood for abundance and fertility. A carving of a pomegranate is illustrated in James C.Y. Watt, Chinese Jades from the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1989, pl. 78; one was sold in our London rooms, 15th May 2013, lot 58; another from the collection of James H. Kelley, was sold at Christie’s New York, 15th September 2009, lot 154; a slightly larger example depicting two pomegranates, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in The Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Jade, vol. 9, Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 162; and another was sold in these rooms, 7th October 2015, lot 3612.