Marriage bowls were popular during the Qing period and were often carved with a variety of auspicious motifs which offered blessings and good wishes upon a marital union. A wide variety of marriage bowls was produced with a large number of traditional auspicious motifs employed in the decoration. Examples with surfaces left similarly plain or only minimally carved, and flanked by winged dragon handles, include one decorated with a spray of lingzhi, wannianqing (Chinese evergreen) and a cluster of berries, sold in these rooms, 8th April 2010, lot 1869. Compare also a marriage bowl similarly modelled with an everted rim, but the handles in the form of lingzhi, from the collection of Klaus D. von Oertzen, illustrated in Sydney Howard Hansford, Jade. Essence of Hills and Streams, London, 1969, pl. D31; and another, but the body undecorated and the handles in the form of bats and lotus, illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 87.
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