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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 62

    **A RED OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO THE YANGZHOU SCHOOL, 1780-1860

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    **A RED OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO THE YANGZHOU SCHOOL, 1780-1860
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, carved through the transparent overlay with a continuous design of silkworms and moths, coral glass stopper with glass finial
    2 7/16 in. (6.19 cm.) high


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    This subject matter illustrates the life cycle of the silkworm, which was so important to the Chinese economy over the centuries. Occasionally, the worms are shown on their own, and at other times, are illustrated with moths or with the mulberry leaves upon which they feed. For other examples of this subject in glass, see the white overlay on pink glass snuff bottle in the Bloch Collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 1010, and a multiple-overlay glass bottle, ibid., no. 1009.

    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

    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 17 November 1973, lot 306
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong, 1975


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 397


    Exhibited

    Christie's, New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003