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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 258

    **A BUBBLE-SUFFUSED GREEN OVERLAY ON COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    1750-1800

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    **A BUBBLE-SUFFUSED GREEN OVERLAY ON COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    1750-1800
    Of compressed form with flat lip and slightly concave oval foot, the emerald-green glass on a colorless ground, both layers heavily suffused with bubbles of varying sizes and decorated with random fine streaks and one teardrop-shaped area of dark reddish-brown, carnelian stopper with vinyl collar
    2 29/64 in. (6.2 cm.) high


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    This bottle may be an uncarved green overlay on a colorless glass body; it is part of a group of glass snuff bottles with streaks of color and a heavily bubbled overlay produced in Beijing during the mid- to late Qianlong reign. See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, nos. 977-79 and 983, where the authors discuss the use of contrasting layers of color for cameo-relief carvings that derives from the tradition of using the different depths of color in jade pebbles to create a design. The streaking in the glass, as here, is seen on many of the finest glass overlay carvings of the eighteenth century, and is considered a feature of the Palace glassworks of the Qianlong period.

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    Provenance

    Robert Hall, London.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.