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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 297

    **A FINE AND UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1740-1800

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    **A FINE AND UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1740-1800
    Of compressed form with flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a footrim, the transparent ruby-red glass finely carved through to the colorless ground with a continuous scene of two carp swimming in a lotus pond, one on each main side, with lotus concentrated on the narrow sides, the rim and foot with narrow bands of red overlay, green glass stopper
    2 5/32 in. (5.5 cm.) high


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    The detailed surface carving and fluid composition of this bottle assigns it to a group of late eighteenth-century Palace bottles, most on colorless glass and in red or blue overlay. See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 930, for an example in blue overlay.

    Apart from various specific means for different fish, they are generally considered a symbol of fertility, since they lay many eggs. For the carp motif, see the note to lot 284.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.