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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 218

    **A FINE WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1820

    Price Realised  

    **A FINE WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1820
    Of compressed form with flat lip and recessed flat, oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the narrow sides carved with mask-and-ring handles, coral stopper with vinyl collar
    2 29/64 in. (6.2 cm.) high


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    The Qianlong emperor's passion for jade prompted a massive output of art works in the material, including snuff bottles. The flawless material, understated refinement, perfectly controlled carving and wide mouth and flat lip of this bottle support a confident attribution to the Beijing palace workshops. Mask-and-ring handles are standard features of snuff bottles produced in the Beijing workshops.

    See D. Low, More Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, p. 73, no. 67, for a similar example.

    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.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.