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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 492

    A RED-OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    PROBABLY YANGZHOU SCHOOL, 1780-1860

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    A RED-OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    PROBABLY YANGZHOU SCHOOL, 1780-1860
    The bottle is carved through the transparent red overlay to the opaque white ground with a continuous design of silkworms and moths.
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high, glass stopper


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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, Part 3, pp. 697-698, no. 1010, and a multiple-overlay glass bottle, ibid., pp. 694-696 no. 1009.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17 November 1973, lot 306.
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 1975.
    The J & J Collection, Part V; Christie's New York, 17 September 2008, lot 62.
    Robert Hall, London, 2009.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4898.


    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.