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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 204

    **A COPPER-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1820-1870

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    **A COPPER-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1820-1870
    With convex lip and recessed flat foot, finely decorated with a continuous landscape in which a woodcutter hunched beneath his load approaches an elderly, bearded fisherman seated on a riverbank, the figures drawn in contrasting underglaze blue with pale washes of copper red on the robes, the bottle covered with a transparent glaze, coral stopper with jadeite finial and collar
    2 19/32 in. (6.6 cm.) high


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    It is difficult to control the firing of underglaze copper red, particularly in combination with underglaze cobalt blue. Here, both are expertly handled, the line of the blue acting as a sharp counterpoint to the varying concentrations of copper red. It is extremely rare to find this combination of underglaze red setting combined with the main subject outlined in sharply defined blue lines. It is also extremely effective with the blue lines contrasting with the exquisitely well controlled washes of pale red and grey of the underglazed copper oxide.
    The decoration depicts two of the Four Noble Occupations (fisherman, woodcutter, scholar and farmer). In this case, however, the fisherman is depicted as a scholar, his hair tied in the typical cloth cap of the scholar-official when relaxing. This makes reference to a third member of the four, confirming the identification of the subject.

    Special Notice

    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.


    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.