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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 456

    A RARE PINK AND WHITE-OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    1770-1850

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    A RARE PINK AND WHITE-OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    1770-1850
    The bottle is carved through the opaque white and strawberry-pink overlays to the opaque bluish-green ground with a cloud reserve on either side enclosing a prunus and a blossoming orchid, the narrow sides with oval panels of bamboo and pine.
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, stone stopper


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    This rare bottle belongs to the group of double-overlay examples made in the mid-Qing dynasty. Finely carved through the white and pink overlays to the unusual blue-green ground, the color combination is extremely rare, and the subject matter appears to be unique within this group.

    For a discussion of related overlay bottles dating to the mid-Qing dynasty see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 5, Part 3, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 675-685, nos. 1001-1005.

    Provenance

    Collection of Edmund Dwyer; Christie's London, 12 October 1987, lot 64.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4977.