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A 'PERSIMMON' GOURD WATERPOT WITH BOXWOOD COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
Estimate
80,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 HKD
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146
A 'PERSIMMON' GOURD WATERPOT WITH BOXWOOD COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
Estimate
80,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong

A 'PERSIMMON' GOURD WATERPOT WITH BOXWOOD COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH / 19TH CENTURY
the gourd of globular form with a mouth trimmed with a fillet of wood, the fitted boxwood cover naturalistically carved as the stem and calyx of the persimmon, the gourd and wood of an attractive honey-brown tone
overall height 5.9 cm., 2 3/8  in.
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Exhibited

Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Fung Ping Shan Museum, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1986, cat. no. 196.

Catalogue Note

Gourd vessels fashioned after the auspicious fruit, the persimmon, are rare. The word ‘persimmon (shi)’ in Chinese is homophonous with the character for ‘affairs (shi)’, hence the saying shishi ruyi ('may all your affairs go as you wish') would be brought to mind by the persimmon, making it an ideal gift or object for the scholar’s studio.

This water vessel was made from a single-belly gourd, a type that was often fashioned into small ‘playthings’; for example, see a moulded hexagonal form gourd, sold in these rooms, 31st October 1995, lot 641, and again, 8th October 2010, lot 2246. Another gourd piece of related rounded shape, possibly a water vessel or a small container, attributed to the Daoguang period and in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, is illustrated in Wang Shixiang, The Charms of the Gourd, Hong Kong, 1993, pl. 30, together with a quadrate form ‘plaything’ also fashioned from a single-belly gourd, pl. 29.

Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, Scholarly Art III

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Hong Kong