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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 491



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    The bottle of elongated form is well and crisply carved with a layer of pink glass sandwiched between two layers of white glass carved on the exterior to form the leaves of the cabbage that rise from the concave base. The neck is speckled with green and pink glass.
    3 in. (7.6 cm.) high, jadeite stopper

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    In Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, p. 135, T. T. Bartholomew remarks that the second character of "cabbage" (cai) is a pun for "wealth," and that the Chinese believe that eating this vegetable will help one gain prosperity.

    A nearly identical bottle, formerly in the collections of Bob Stevens and Eric Young, is illustrated by R. Kleiner in Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the collection of Denis Low, Singapore, 1995, p. 111, no. 92.

    Special Notice

    Items which contain rubies or jadeite originating in Burma (Myanmar) may not be imported into the U.S. As a convenience to our bidders, we have marked these lots with Y. Please be advised that a purchaser¹s inability to import any such item into the U.S. or any other country shall not constitute grounds for non-payment or cancellation of the sale. With respect to items that contain any other types of gemstones originating in Burma (e.g., sapphires), such items may be imported into the U.S., provided that the gemstones have been mounted or incorporated into jewellery outside of Burma and provided that the setting is not of a temporary nature (e.g., a string).


    The Alex S. Cussons Collection; Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 May 1995, lot 369.
    Frank Lo.
    Sotheby's New York, 17 October 2001, lot 221.
    The Bentley Collection.
    Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2008.
    Robert Hall, London, 2009.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4986.


    C. and M. Chu, The Bentley Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Los Angeles, 2008, p. 23.
    R. Hall, Irish Mist, Chinese Snuff Bottles, XIV, London, 2009, p. 17, no. 18.