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    Sale 1934

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles

    19 September 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 622

    **A FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE SNUFF BOTTLE

    1760-1880

    Price Realised  

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    **A FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE SNUFF BOTTLE
    1760-1880
    Of rounded-rectangular form with flat lip and recessed oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the mottled reddish-brown stone suffused with small, whitish shell-like inclusions with starburst-like radiating lines, coral stopper with turquoise collar
    2¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high


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    The present example is an unusually vividly colored piece of fossiliferous limestone, the large fossil cross-sections providing a particularly striking natural design. For four other bottles carved from a similar type of limestone, with a reddish-brown ground suffused with lighter circular markings, see B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, nos. 666 and 671; M. Hughes, The Blair Bequest. Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum, p. 85, no. 80; The Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by H. White, Snuff Bottles from China, London, 1992, p. 115, no. 1; and one formerly from the J & J Collection and sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 46.

    Provenance

    Potter's Gallery, Vancouver.