M3565

Recumbent crane with its head turned back, holding in its long pointed beak a branch of two fruiting peaches, its folded wings and curled tail with detailed feather work, the feet and long legs neatly folded under the body, the stone pale celadon.

3 ⅛ inches, 8 cm long.

Qianlong, 1736-1795.

• From an important Dutch private collection.

• A similar group is illustrated by Gerard Tsang in Chinese Jade Animals, an exhibition presented by the Urban Council Hong Kong and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, no. 179, pp. 186/7, and illustrated by Laurence C. S. Tam in Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, an exhibition jointly presented by the Urban Council Hong Kong and the Min Chiu Society, organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1992, no. 240, p. 376; a further example, in the Qing Court Collection, is illustrated by Zhang Guang Wen in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (III), Vol. 42, no. 80, p. 100; another was included by Marchant in their 85th anniversary exhibition of Chinese Jades from Han to Qing, 2005, no. 75, p. 80; yet another is illustrated by Roger Keverne in the Spink & Son exhibition, Chinese Jade, An Important Private Collection, 1991, no. 153, pp. 74/5.

• Crane, he, and peaches, tao, form the rebus heshou yannian, ‘May the crane and peaches extend your years’, both the crane and peach symbolize longevity.

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