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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 81



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    Of flattened form with flat lip and concave foot, the transparent outer and inner layers decorated with bright emerald-green mottling, coral stopper with integral finial and collar, additional glass collar
    2 3/16 in. (5.56 cm.) high

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    Sandwiched glass bottles were a popular staple at the Court during the eighteenth century, and provided an infinite number of possible variations to the glass-maker. The continued blowing and working of the bottle after the color had been sandwiched between clear layers has mixed the central layer into the clear glass and brought it to the surface. The color and markings resemble jadeite, and this may have been intentional, as glass bottles imitating jadeite and other semi-precious stones were very popular during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.

    For a group of green sandwiched glass bottles in The Victoria and Albert Museum, acquired by the Museum of Practical Geology as early as 1880, see H. White, Snuff Bottles from China, pl. 67, and for another green sandwiched glass example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Masterpieces of Snuff Bottles in the Palace Museum, no. 66. See a green glass bottle imitating jadeite formerly from the Meriem Collection, sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 699, and another in the Bloch Collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 976, where other examples are also cited.

    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, Tianjin, 1939
    Christie's, London, 8 November 1976, lot 69


    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 324


    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