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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 259

    **A BLUE OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1840

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    **A BLUE OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1840
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim highlighted with sapphire-blue overlay, carved through the overlay with mask-and-ring handles on the narrow sides, lapis lazuli stopper with gilt-metal collar
    2 23/64 in. (6.0 cm.) high


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    The restrained design of this bottle is confined to the delicate mask-and-ring handles and foot in a contrasting color. This supremely elegant and understated design for an overlay snuff bottle is found as a small series of bottles of usually red or blue overlay which can be confidently attributed to Beijing and the mid-Qing period, and possibly to the Palace. For a pear-shaped snuff bottle with mask-and-ring handles in red overlay on white glass, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 907.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.