• Lot 206

    TABATIERE EN VERRE 'AIGUE-MARINE' SCULPTE

    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    TABATIERE EN VERRE 'AIGUE-MARINE' SCULPTE
    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE
    De forme rectangulaire aplatie, les angles arrondis, le verre imitant l'aigue-marine, à décor continu et sculpté de fleurs de lotus, le bouchon en verre rose imitant la tourmaline
    Hauteur: 7 cm. (2¾ in.)


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    Semi-precious stones came into vogue after one of their sources of supply, in Turkestan, was brought into the Chinese Empire as Xinjiang province with the conquest of 1759. However, the material that was large enough for a snuff bottle was always flawed, prompting imitations in glass which could be made to look like flawless stone. The eighteenth-century Court took pleasure in all things novel, which included the concept of teasing the eye by recreating more precious materials in glass. Because of the versatility of glass as a material and the multitude of colors that were easily produced, it was often used to simulate such material as jade, jadeite, colored hardstones, realgar and amber, among others. The markings and
    color of the present bottle bring to mind aquamarine.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT payable at 19.6% (5.5% for books) will be added to the buyer’s premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis


    Provenance

    R. Hall, London, 1994


    Pre-Lot Text

    FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PRIVATE AMATEUR
    PART ONE


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED AQUAMARINE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY