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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63



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    Of compressed form with flat lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim , the stone of streaky emerald-green tone, coral stopper with pearl finial, together with a watercolor (showing the stopper preferred by Count Blucher) by Malcolm Golding, signed and dated 1971
    2 11/16 in. (6.83 cm.) high

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    Jadeite comes from a remote part of Burma and attracted the attention, and then the passion of the Qianlong Emperor during the mid-reign, although regular supplies of the stone had to await the normalization of previously bellicose relations between China and Burma in 1784. In the latter part of the Qianlong reign, snuff bottles were regularly made of jadeite for, and at the Court, and its ongoing popularity may be seen in a series of porcelain bottles and other wares with glazes imitating jadeite during the Daoguang period (Moss, Graham and Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 251). The Palace and other glassworks also made bottles that simulated jadeite in both color and weight (see an example, formerly from the Meriem Collection and sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 699).

    As in the case of other works of art in fine jadeite, the best colored specimens were frequently left plain so that no decoration diverted attention from the natural beauty of the material. Here, the simple and bulbous symmetrical form perfectly complements the unusual degree of translucency, and a good evenness of color, two important characteristics of good jadeite.

    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.


    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
    Kurt Graf Blucher von Wahlstatt (Count Blucher)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
    Irving Lindzon
    Christie's, London, 12 October 1987, lot 315


    H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, p. 66, no. 1
    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 66


    Christie's, New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003