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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 460

    **A GREENISH-WHITE JADE PURSE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE

    1760-1820

    Price Realised  

    **A GREENISH-WHITE JADE PURSE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE
    1760-1820
    Delicately carved as a purse with gathered pleats at the opening above blossoming branches, the sides of the neck pierced for stringing, the stone of even, pale greenish-white tone, stopper
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long, box


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    Bottles of this type, carved from agate as well as jade, copied the standard pouches or purses worn with Official Dress at Court. They were probably made for the Court, and are an amusing reference to an official career.

    Provenance

    Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON