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A FAMILLE VERTE 'DRAGON AND CARP' JAR, LATE QING
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A FAMILLE VERTE 'DRAGON AND CARP' JAR, LATE QING DYNASTY
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century. Of baluster shape, finely painted in polychrome enamels and with iron-red, depicting two carps leaping among crashing waves next to the dragon gate, looking up to a flying four-clawed dragon.

Provenance: Holzapfel collection, Geneva, Switzerland. This lot was acquired by second generation members of the Holzapfel family after 1990 and has remained in the family ever since.
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, such as surface scratches, and manufacturing flaws including kiln grit and pitting.

Weight: 933.9 g
Dimensions: Height 18.6 cm

With an associated wooden lid of later date (2).

According to traditional Chinese belief, carp swimming upstream in the Yellow River must leap the rapids of the Dragon's Gate. The first to succeed in doing this is transformed into a dragon. This legend is frequently used and regarded as a metaphor for a scholar who passes the civil service examinations and succeeds in high office. The dragon-carp motif is thus a wish for success in achieving this.
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A FAMILLE VERTE 'DRAGON AND CARP' JAR, LATE QING

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0819: A FAMILLE VERTE 'DRAGON AND CARP' JAR, LATE QING

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A FAMILLE VERTE 'DRAGON AND CARP' JAR, LATE QING DYNASTY
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), 19th century. Of baluster shape, finely painted in polychrome enamels and with iron-red, depicting two carps leaping among crashing waves next to the dragon gate, looking up to a flying four-clawed dragon.

Provenance: Holzapfel collection, Geneva, Switzerland. This lot was acquired by second generation members of the Holzapfel family after 1990 and has remained in the family ever since.
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, such as surface scratches, and manufacturing flaws including kiln grit and pitting.

Weight: 933.9 g
Dimensions: Height 18.6 cm

With an associated wooden lid of later date (2).

According to traditional Chinese belief, carp swimming upstream in the Yellow River must leap the rapids of the Dragon's Gate. The first to succeed in doing this is transformed into a dragon. This legend is frequently used and regarded as a metaphor for a scholar who passes the civil service examinations and succeeds in high office. The dragon-carp motif is thus a wish for success in achieving this.

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