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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 219

    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL PEACOCK-BLUE OVERLAY BROWN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1830

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    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL PEACOCK-BLUE OVERLAY BROWN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1830
    Of compressed form with flat lip and flat, recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, carved through the transparent peacock-blue overlay to the café-au-lait ground with two writhing chi dragons with upturned heads and long trifurcated tails, stained agate stopper with gilt-metal collar
    3 11/64 in. (8.1 cm.) high


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    The chilong is the most popular design on early glass overlays and is one of the most difficult to date by style. This color combination is rare. Many other dragon bottles exist in other color combinations, the most common being ruby-red on colorless or white glass. Because of the transparency and pale color of the overlay, where the ground shows through it, the overlay appears green and resembles the more common combination of green on a café-au-lait ground.

    Compare a similar bottle with blue overlay on green glass, formerly from the Meriem Collection, sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 657; one with blue overlay on a snowflake ground in the Denis Low Collection and illustrated by R. Kleiner, in Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, pl. 96; another formerly in the J & J Collection and sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 20; one formerly from the collection of Jean and Saviere Pigoreau and illustrated by Robert Hall, in Chinese Snuff Bottles III, p. 13, no. 3; and two more illustrated in Snuff Bottles. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, pl. 67, with dark blue overlay on green glass, and pl. 68 for an example with red overlay on colorless glass. Another unusual color combination of yellow overlay on red glass is also in the Imperial Collection, illustrated in the same publication, no. 58.

    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.


    Provenance

    Robert Hall-Jutheau Auction, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Auction, Boston, October 1991.


    Literature

    Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles IV, London, 1991, no. 118.


    Exhibited

    Robert Hall, London, "Chinese Snuff Bottles IV", 1991, no. 118.