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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 39


    JAPAN, 1860-1930

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    JAPAN, 1860-1930
    Of compressed form with flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, carved through the two distinct layers of lacquer with a continuous design of nine Buddhist lions playing with five brocade balls, the narrow sides with a band of diaper pattern, the neck with a band of double-unit leiwen above a shoulder of formalized lotus petals, the foot and base encircled by a double row of further petals, the foot with incised gilded mark Qianlong nian zhi ('Made in the Qianlong period') in regular script, the lip bronze, original stopper carved in the form of a peony blossom, together with a watercolor by Malcolm Golding, signed and dated 1971
    2 in. (6.23 cm.) high

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    Both the bottle and stopper appear to be lacquered on a wood base.

    At some time during the latter part of the nineteenth century, Japanese workshops began to expand their repertoire of forms to include snuff bottles, mainly in response to the growing demand from Western collectors. The earlier group of Japanese bottles may be divided into two main categories. The first is composed of distinctly Japanese types which were sometimes signed by their makers; while the second category consisted of copies of Chinese types which usually bore either Qianlong or occasionally, Jiaqing reign marks.

    This bottle belongs to the superb group of Japanese bottles in lacquer and ivory characterized by its exquisite carving, both technically and sculpturally; by exotic and matching stoppers; by the use of horizontal, four-character reign marks either in regular or seal script, and by the frequent use of a thin bronze lip on those with a lacquer neck. For other related examples, see Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles III, no. 89, another from the Russell Mullin Collection in H. Moss ed., Chinese Snuff Bottles No. 5, p. 29, fig. 20; Sotheby's New York, 15 March 1984, lot 293; JICSBS, June 1975, p. 3, from the Kleiner Collection; and JICSBS, June 1981, p. 23.

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    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
    Irving Lindzon, Toronto, 1987


    100 Selected Chinese Snuff Bottles from the J & J Collection, no. 63
    J & J poster
    JICSBS, Autumn 1989, front cover
    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 317
    The Miniature World - An Exhibition of Snuff Bottles from The J & J Collection, p. 60


    Christie's London, October 1987
    Christie's New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum fur 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