A Chinese pale celadon and russet carving of a squirrel amidst grapes
, 5cm long and 3.3cm wide, Qing dynasty (19th century)
Known as songshu
(literally 'pine tree mice') squirrels in China are associated with longevity and, to further enhance such an auspicious connotation, during the Qing dynasty, they were frequently found in association with grapes, which is a homophone for peaches, taozi
, another longevity symbol, and decorated various items such as snuff bottles, small carvings and porcelain wares. For reference see Patricia B. Welch, Chinese Art: A Guide to Visual Imagery, p. 53 and 144
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No obvious sign of wear or damage.
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Sold for £8,500
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