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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 576

    A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)

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    A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
    The bottle is decorated with a pair of Pekinese dogs on one side and a pair of doves (gezi) next to a blossoming iris plant on the reverse.
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, hardstone stopper


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    The present example is related to a group of finely painted bottles from the Daoguang period made in sets for the Court to distribute as gifts. The group is frequently decorated with pairs of doves on both sides, although it was not uncommon for some bottles to be painted with doves on one side, and Pekinese dogs on the other. It would appear, that the Daoguang Emperor and his consort were fond of doves and small dogs, respectively, so the two subjects were popular on Imperial snuff bottles of the period.

    A bottle decorated with both doves and small dogs in The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Part I, was sold at Christie's New York, 16 September 2015, lot 233; another enameled porcelain snuff bottle, featuring only Pekinese dogs, is illustrated by H. Moss in Snuff Bottles of China, no. 306.

    Provenance

    Clare Lawrence, London, 1994.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 1616.