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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 235

    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL YELLOW GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1780

    Price Realised  

    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL YELLOW GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1780
    The bottle of compressed form with flat lip and foot, the narrow sides flattened, gilt-metal stopper
    2 17/32 in. (6.4 cm.) high


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    Yellow was generally reserved for Imperial use, although a variety of different yellow tones were produced at the Imperial glassworks throughout the dynasty ranging from this relatively pale color to a much richer, egg-yolk color. See a very similar bottle, but with mask-and-ring handles on the narrow sides, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, p. 66, no. 58.

    The bottle is also very similar in form to a group of bottles bearing Wanya Xuan (Studio of Refined Amusement) marks. See yellow Wanya Xuan-marked examples illustrated in JICSBS, June 1977, p. 9, no. 18; M. Swayze Mayer, Glass Snuff Bottles of China at Steuben Glass, no. 61; and Sotheby's London, 11 October 1974, lot 24. A blue glass bottle of the same form but with a slightly taller neck, although unmarked, is illustrated in Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles II, p. 92, no. 72.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.