• Lot 34

    TABATIERE EN VERRE IMITANT LE REALGAR

    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TABATIERE EN VERRE IMITANT LE REALGAR
    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE
    De forme ovale, en verre imitant le réalgar, les deux faces à décor sculpté de branchages fleuris et objets auspicieux, les côtés agrémentés de pompons, le bouchon en verre
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 6,5 cm. (2 9/16 in.)


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    There is a wide range of glass, particularly popular with the snuff-bottle maker, which imitated realgar. Realgar is the least toxic of all arsenic compounds but it tends to break down upon long exposure to sunlight and eventually disintegrates to a fine powder. It is the fifth basic element for the Chinese and played an important role for the alchemist, for whom it symbolized longevity and immortality. Only one early, functional snuff bottle in realgar is known (in a private collection in England), but glass copies of the material were a staple of Imperial production at the Imperial glassworks in Beijing from the Kangxi period onwards. It seems likely that the broad range of typical glass copies of the material were confined to Court production during the Qing period.
    This bottle falls into a large group of plain, compressed-ovoid realgar-glass bottles which were blown into molds. It is likely that they were produced at the Imperial glassworks over a long period of time from the early-eighteenth century onwards, although it is also possible that such glass was produced elsewhere as well. See Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol.5, Glass, no.703.

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    Provenance

    The Kardos Collection, no.489.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Post Lot Text

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