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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 214

    **A RARE COPPER-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE-DECORATED SNUFF POT

    JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE SEAL SCRIPT AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)

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    **A RARE COPPER-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE-DECORATED SNUFF POT
    JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE SEAL SCRIPT AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
    With wide mouth, convex lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, the body finely painted in underglaze copper red with formalized lotus scrolls and with two fine bands in underglaze blue encircling the neck and base, the bottle covered overall by a transparent glaze, the foot inscribed with a four-character seal mark in underglaze blue, Daoguang nian zhi (Made in the Daoguang period), the original matching stopper painted with a lotus medallion
    2 19/32 in. (6.6 cm.) high (including stopper)


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    The unusually wide mouth on this vessel suggests that this would have been used for scented snuff, a trend that took hold at the beginning of the 19th century. See R.J. Lynn, "Technical Aspects and Connoisseurship of Snuff and Snuff Bottles: Late Traditional Chinese Sources," JICSBS, Summer 1995, p. 9, for a discussion of the practice of infusing the snuff with scent by removing the stopper in the evening and inserting petals overnight.

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    Provenance

    Elisabeth and Ladislas Kardos.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.