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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 427

    A RED-OVERLAY 'SNOWSTORM' GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, 1800-1850

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    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').

    Provenance

    Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5173.