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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 240

    **A FINE MOSS AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

    1750-1850

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    **A FINE MOSS AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
    1750-1850
    Of compressed form with slightly concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a splayed footrim, the very well-hollowed stone with dense moss-like green inclusions extending across the upper and lower sections of one main side suggestive of a squirrel beneath foliage, the other main side with a large area extending diagonally upwards from the lower left corner to the shoulder, with a smaller area of green inclusion along the lower right corner, suggestive of a goose beneath ferns, the narrow sides carved with mask-and-ring handles, tourmaline stopper with gilt-metal collar
    2 21/64 in. (5.9 cm.) high


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    Dendritic chalcedony of the type known as "moss agate" is characterized by a series of moss-like suffusions spread irregularly throughout the stone. These may also be green, yellowish-gold, red or blue.

    The colorful, variegated markings of moss-agate bottles invite a wealth of interpretive imagery. The spectacular coloring and markings make this bottle one of the most exciting of its type.

    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.