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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 299

    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL ENAMELED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO YE BENGQI, BEIJING, 1930-1960

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    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL ENAMELED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO YE BENGQI, BEIJING, 1930-1960
    Of tapering form with concave lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, the body painted in famille rose enamels with delicate sprigs of peonies, magnolias, prunus, lotus, camellia, roses, orchids, begonias and dianthus, all outlined in gold, the neck encircled by a series of stylized lingzhi heads below a pink band of stylized scrolls, the base enameled in blue with an apocryphal Qianlong two-character mark in seal script, gilt-metal stopper
    2½ in. (6.4 cm.) high


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    Ye Bengqi is now famous for his faithful recreations of Imperial enameled glass wares, mostly snuff bottles. He would memorize the patterns of authentic enameled glasswares on display in the Palace Museum in Beijing and attempt to replicate them in the family's Apricot Grove Studio. See the note to lot 254 for a lengthier discussion of Ye enameled bottles.

    See also, Snuff Bottles. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, no. 5, for a bottle of similar shape and with a similar feathery scroll encircling the neck,; and no. 2, for a bottle with a related band of ruyi-heads. Comparable sprays of flowers can also be found on a Qianlong-period example illustrated in Masterpieces of Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Palace Museum, no. 115.

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    Hugh Moss Ltd.