Chinese - Box with Bat, mid 19th century

Chinese

Box with Bat, mid 19th century

Silver, 8.7 x 6.7 x 3.3 cm (3 7/16 x 2 5/8 x 1 5/16 in.) overall

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Object details

Accession number

M21w17

Provenance

Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner’s collection at an unknown date, but probably acquired during her trip to Asia in 1883-84.

Marks

Stamped (bottom): 2 characters reading "Qing Yun" in pinyin, or "Hing Wan" in Cantonese, meaning "auspicious cloud"

Bibliography

Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 444-45 fig. 2, 447 nn. 2-3. (see for unidentified maker's mark and potential provenance)


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Commentary

Isabella Stewart Gardner kept meticulous records of many of her acquisitions. In keeping with this legacy, object information is continually being reviewed, updated, and enriched in order to give greater access to the collection.

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