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A blue and white squirrel and grapevine bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722).

Estimate
12 000 - 15 000 SEK
1 100 - 1 370 EUR
1 170 - 1 460 USD
Hammer price
44 000 SEK
Purchasing info
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Cecilia Nordström
Stockholm
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
+46 (0)739 40 08 02
A blue and white squirrel and grapevine bowl, Qing dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722).

Flared wide shape on a short tapering foot. Decorated with a continuous scene of small squirrels clambering amidst leafy, fruit-laden grapevines. The base with an antique within double circles. Diameter 22 cm.

Cracks, firingspots.

Provenance

From the Collection of Art Director Ivar Björnberg (1934-2021). Growing up at Östermalm, Stockholm Ivar visited gallery viewings, auction viewings and antique shops with his parents and alone. It was during his visits to the antique dealers of Stockholm he became friends with the dealer Victoria Lindström, Grev Turegatan 28, Stockholm (she later moved her gallery to Riddargatan). He started to work extra at the gallery and had her as a mentor when starting his own collection. The collection is a academic one and it shows Mr Björnbergs taste and great passion for the aesthetics of Chinese Works of Art.

Literature

As squirrels have large litters, the depiction of squirrels with trailing vines may be a visual rebus for a wish for many sons and the continuation of the family line, the winding vines representing the family lineage. It has also been suggested that the squirrel and grape-vine motif conveys a wish for promotion to a higher rank.