• Lot 51

    TABATIERE EN VERRE BLANC ET ROSE

    CHINE, XVIIIEME SIECLE

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    TABATIERE EN VERRE BLANC ET ROSE
    CHINE, XVIIIEME SIECLE
    En forme de baicai (sorte de chou), les feuilles délicatement sculptées et rehaussées de fines veines laissant apparaître diverses nuances de rose, le bouchon en verre
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 8,4 cm. (3 5/16 in.)


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    In Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, p.135, T. T. Bartholomew remarks, that because of its green (qing) and white (bai) colors, "the Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa var. glabra) is a pun for qing and qingbai, both meaning 'without stain,' as in a clean personal record." Bartholomew also notes that the second character of "cabbage" (cai) is a pun for "wealth," and that the Chinese believe that eating this vegetable will help one gain prosperity.
    Compare with a semi-transparent green glass baicai-form snuff bottle illustrated in Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 5, Glass, pp.376-377, pl.846.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 23 September 1976, lot 9.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Literature

    Arts of Asia, January-February 1997
    Journal, ICSBS, Winter 1995, cover.


    Post Lot Text

    A PINK AND WHITE GLASS BAICAI-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, 18TH CENTURY