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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 289

    A RED OVERLAY BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    1820-1900

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RED OVERLAY BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    1820-1900
    Of compressed form with flat lip and convex oval foot surrounded by a footrim, each main side carved through the ruby-red overlay to the bubble-suffused transparent lavender-blue glass with a carp, one with aquatic plants above it, the other with a formalized cloud formation, tourmaline stopper with silver collar
    2 55/64 in. (7.3 cm.) high


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    The combination of red overlay on lavender-blue glass is rare. See another of similar shape, but carved with a chi dragon on both main sides, in B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 194. The motif of a single large fish, as here, appears to have been very popular (see a red overlay on bubble-suffused colorless glass bottle in H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, no. 200). As discussed in the note to lot 284, the carp (dali) stands for the wish for bountiful profit.

    Provenance

    Potter's Gallery, Vancouver.