• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 182

    A FINE AND RARE SMALL BLUE OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INCISED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    A FINE AND RARE SMALL BLUE OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INCISED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of flattened, rounded form, fluidly carved with an overall design of two chilong with sinuous leafy bodies, beryl stopper
    1 11/16 in. (4.2 cm.) high


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    For related Qianlong overlay glass bottles, each bearing a similar wheel-cut reign mark, see Chang Lin-sheng, Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, pp. 216-19, nos. 280-91. See, also, three Qianlong overlay glass bottles, all with wheel-cut reign marks, illustrated in Masterpieces of Snuff Bottles in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 1995, pp. 90-91, nos. 74-76.

    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY