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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41



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    Of flattened form with concave lip and flat oval foot, the emerald-green material contained within a dense black matrix, tourmaline stopper with vinyl collar
    2 1/32 in. (5.16 cm.) high

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    This distinctive variety of Burmese jadeite has become known in Western terminology as chloromelanite. It is rich in iron and is characterized by deep emerald-green color, less transparency than standard green jadeite, and is often found in combination with a black, or blackish matrix. The polishing of the bottle indicates that there may be a difference in the hardness between the green material and its matrix, the former being harder. This has resulted in the green standing very slightly in relief, lending to the texture of the surface.

    As a material it is relatively rare in the snuff-bottle field, and bottles produced from this stone were usually left undecorated, suggesting that this type of jadeite was valued by Qing snuff-bottle makers and connoisseurs for its intrinsic merits as a stone. For two other examples of chloromelanite snuff bottles, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 1, Jade, nos. 183 and 184.

    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.


    John Sparks Ltd., London, 1976


    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 68.


    Christie's, New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003