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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 13



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    Of flattened form with slightly irregular rounded rectangular profile, with slightly concave lip and shallow, concave oval foot, with one slightly convex side highlighted by retained russet skin, the other main side smooth and of even, greyish-green tone, malachite stopper with coral finial and vinyl collar
    2 in. (7.34 cm.) high

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    This bottle is one of a distinctive group dated to the mid-Qing period that is made of white nephrite using only the natural russet-brown skin of the pebble as decoration. The raw material used for the bottles was cut from a fairly large boulder or pebble, since the curve of the boulder is surmised from the disposition of the russet skin.

    The powerful abstract design that results from the combination of a white pebble with its own skin remains popular among connoisseurs. The skin on the present bottle has a sumptuous range of texture and color. See three very similar bottles; a pair from the collection of Edith Griswold, in L. Perry, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Adventures & Studies of a Collector, p. 106, nos. 88-89, and another in The Au Hang Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, p. 78, no. 98. Two similar bottles formerly from the Meriem Collection were sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 654 and 19 March 2008, lot 227.

    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.


    Ko Collection
    Christie's London, 8 November 1976, lot 111


    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 40


    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