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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 9 

Lot 9

Lot 9
(‘Snakeskin Wickerwork’)
HK$325,000

Quartz conglomerate (puddingstone); well-hollowed, with a partly concave lip and concave oval foot; carved to simulate an oil jar contained in a protective wickerwork casing
1720-1850
Height: 6.1 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.80/1.61 cm
Stopper: coral; gilt-silver collar

Provenance:
Christie’s, London, 7 June 1993, lot 202
White Wings Collection
Robert Kleiner, September 1998.

Published:
Kleiner 1997, no. 137

As far as we know, no other example of a basket-weave design puddingstone is known. Presumably because the natural markings in the stone were so evocative that in most cases no further decoration was felt necessary to augment the material and the form. The pebble-inclusions also play no obvious role in the symbolism of a basket, nor in the appearance of such woven protective coating for oil and other liquid containers, which were vulnerable to damage if unprotected. . The relatively wide mouth in a normal sized neck might also indicate a possible date from the earlier phase of production, during the first half of the eighteenth century, but this design certainly remained popular into the early nineteenth century, and possibly beyond. The title is that given to it by Robert Kleiner in his book.

 

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