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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 304

    **A RARE GUYUE XUAN ENAMELED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1799

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    **A RARE GUYUE XUAN ENAMELED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1799
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a footrim, the colorless glass bottle finely decorated with famille rose enamels with a continuous design of a prunus tree with light and dark pink blossoms and buds, bamboo issuing from the base and with a butterfly in flight above, the base with a Guyue Xuan mark in pale red enamel in regular script, rose quartz stopper with turquoise finial and glass collar
    2 31/64 in. (6.3 cm.) high


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    Among the classic, single-plane Guyue Xuan wares is a small group enameled colorless glass, resembling the finest crystal. A popular design on this rare group was bamboo and prunus. Hugh Moss has described the crystal-like glass as "the highest quality of any known from China," likely to come from the Imperial glassworks, and another indication of the Palace origins of this group of Guyue Xuan enameled glass bottles (JICSBS, June 1978, p. 14). The bottle here exemplifies the single-plane style of the end of the 18th century (see the note to lot 290 for a brief discussion of single-and double-plane enameled bottles). See also, C. Lawrence, Miniature Masterpieces from the Middle Kingdom. Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Monimar Collection, no. 1, for a bottle decorated with prunus blossoms and daisies. Another is illustrated by R. Hall in Chinese Snuff Bottles. Masterpieces from the Rietberg Museum Museum, Zurich, no. 21; a third is in the Oakland Museum, California, from the Collection of Helen Pritchard; a fourth is in the Mary and George Bloch Collection (see R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, no. 16); and a fifth is illustrated by B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 958.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.