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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 70



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    Carved in the form of a seated bear, its chin resting on its rotund torso, pearl stopper with turquoise finial
    1 in. (4.68 cm.) high

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    See the footnote to lot 57 for a discussion on amber.

    This is part of a rare group of mid-Qing animal-form snuff bottles, the majority of which are in white nephrite. See a white nephrite bear-form bottle illustrated in Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 1, and another in the Bloch Collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 1, Jade, no. 42. The execution of the carved design on all three bottles suggests that they were based on the same model, with the stance, placing of limbs and carving of the head bearing strong similarities.

    Other examples of animal-form snuff bottles in amber are known, although they are considerably rarer than their jade counterparts. See a bat-form bottle formerly from the Meriem Collection, sold in these rooms, 19 March 2008, lot 518, and a squirrel-form bottle illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, Vol. II, no. 287. See also a pig-form bottle illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault, no. 102; and two boar-form bottles, the first illustrated by B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, no. 467, and the second sold in these rooms, 3 December 1992, lot 376.

    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.


    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 29 April 1992, lot 464
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.


    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 288
    The Art of Chinese Snuff Bottle, Poly Art Museum, p. 48


    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, 2001 - 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003