• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1172

    A VERY FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1800

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    A VERY FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1800
    The well-hollowed ovoid bottle very finely carved in relief with a pair of chilong, one with leonine head and one with fenghuang head, writhing amidst swirling clouds and a bat, the stone of even white tone save for two feathery russet patches to one side, coral stopper
    2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm.) high


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    A similar 18th century pebble-form white jade snuff bottle with nearly identical stopper, carved on one side with a scene of a sage amidst pine and bearing the signature Zigang, was sold Christie's, Swire, Hong Kong, 22 March 1993, lot 509, and is now in the collection of The British Museum. See J. Rawson, Chinese Jade From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 401, no. 29:15.

    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.


    Provenance

    Vanessa Holden, May 1998.