• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    A RARE AND WELL-CARVED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE

    1780-1850

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE AND WELL-CARVED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE
    1780-1850
    The well-hollowed bottle carved on one side with a bear looking up at a startled eagle perched on a rocky overhang, the reverse cleverly carved utilizing the darker markings in the material with a cat in pursuit of two butterflies, the original amber stopper pierced and carved with a bird, the base incised with a two-character Jiaqing mark in seal script
    2 3/8 in. (5.9 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY