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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 307

    A VERY RARE AND FINELY ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, INCISED QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD, 1736-1770

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    A VERY RARE AND FINELY ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, INCISED QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD, 1736-1770
    Of compressed form with flat lip and protruding flat foot, the milk-white glass delicately painted in famille rose enamels with a continuous landscape in which two scholars stand on a path beside a waterfall and towering cliff, the other main side with a pavilion nestled beneath tall pine trees on the banks of a river with distant peaks rising from mist beyond, the waisted neck encircled by a scrolling blue floral design and a formalized lingzhi border repeated above the foot, the foot rim painted with a band of blue dots, the base incised with a four-character mark in regular script, Qianlong nian zhi (Made in the Qianlong period), gilt-metal stopper with integral collar
    2 21/64 in. (5.9 cm.) high


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    This bottle is one of a very rare group of early Qianlong bottles painted with landscapes. Another rare example, with a poem but without an Imperial mark, formerly in the Meriem Collection, was sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 629. A third was offered at Etude Jutheau, Paris, 5-6 March 1985, lot 68; a fourth is in a private Hong Kong collection. They represent the finest of eighteenth-century enameled landscape painting, and with the design of two figures, one pointing, in front of a long waterfall are obviously the inspiration for the later, repeated versions of a similar theme represented by lot 271.

    Standing between the present early Qianlong example, and the later more decorative versions of the same subject is a unique enameled cup bearing a Qianlong mark from the Jingguantang Collection, sold our Hong Kong Rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 509. See the note to lot 282 for mention of the difficulties in producing enameled glass.

    Provenance

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Literature

    Catalogue, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, 1992.