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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 68

    **A RARE YELLOW JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1700-1780

    Price Realised  

    **A RARE YELLOW JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1700-1780
    Of well-hollowed compressed meiping form with slightly concave lip and shallow recessed flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the shoulder carved with a broad band of formalized lingzhi-head design, above a central band of an archaistic dragon and fenghuang on each main side, above a band of formalized leaf-lappets, all between simulated rope borders, the narrow sides with mask and ring handles, coral stopper with jadeite collar
    2 in. (5.36 cm.) high


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    This bottle is typical in every way of the small group of bottles made for and almost certainly at the Court. It is of the yellow material beloved by the Qing emperors, has the typical small mask handles of Court style, and is decorated with bands of archaistic design and rope borders all taken from the ancient bronze culture and typical of Courtly production. It is also of a modified meiping form, which was so popular on eighteenth-century Imperial bottles. For other Palace jade bottles, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, nos. 34-37, and Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. I, Jade, nos. 75-85, 94 and 95, 99- 105.

    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.


    Provenance

    Richard Goram Antiques, 1964
    The Neal W. and Frances R. Hunter Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 15 September 1998, lot 247
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd.