16 March 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,750
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A RED-OVERLAY 'SNOWSTORM' GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, 1800-1850
The bottle is carved through the translucent ruby-red overlay to the 'snowstorm' ground with a continuous scene of a woven basket overflowing with peonies, chrysanthemums and prunus blossoms. The handle is draped over one shoulder while the rope-twist foot of the basket forms the foot rim.
2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high, glass stopper
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The popularity of baskets in general at the Court may arise from the symbolism of the basket (lanzi) which may suggest male children (nanzi), one of the three desires dear to the Chinese heart which are embodied in the term sanduo ('three plenties'). These are, duofu ('plenty of happiness'), duoshou ('plenty of years to live') and duonanzi ('plenty of male children').
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2011.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5173.