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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 201

    **A FINE COPPER-RED-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1770-1800

    Price Realised  

    **A FINE COPPER-RED-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1770-1800
    Of compressed form with convex lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, decorated with a continuous frieze of a five-clawed dragon emitting flames as it flies through clouds to confront another dragon shown rising from a wave band above the foot, a collar of formalized lingzhi-heads encircling the neck, the bottle covered with a transparent glaze, glass stopper with ivory collar
    2 47/64 in. (7.0 cm.) high


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    The design of this bottle is very similar to the decoration in copper red and underglaze blue on a pear-shaped porcelain snuff bottle with Qianlong four-character mark in seal script and datable to 1770-1799 that was formerly part of the Meriem Collection and sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 601. The painting on both bottles is unusually precise and the copper red has fired to an ideal color. It is likely that this unmarked bottle was produced late in the Qianlong reign.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.