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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 237

    **A SAPPHIRE-BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1800

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    **A SAPPHIRE-BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1800
    Of compressed form with flat lip and concave oval foot, with coral stopper and gilt-metal collar
    2 11/64 in. (5.5 cm.) high


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    Sapphire-blue glass was among the first colors for snuff bottles produced by the Imperial glassworks after its inception in 1696, although the earlier products from the Palace tend to be crizzled with some suffering from glass disease arising from an improper chemical mix.

    For Imperial Qianlong bottles of this general form, which seems to have been a popular Palace shape of the eighteenth century, see Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, p. 67, no. 61 (with a Qianlong mark) and no. 62 (in yellow glass made as a basket of flowers). An identical sapphire-blue glass bottle, formerly from the Blanche B. Exstein Collection, was sold in these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 3. See also an aventurine-glass bottle with similar shape illustrated in Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 766.

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    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.