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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 263

    **A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL GUYUE XUAN ENAMELED RELIEF PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1770-1800

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    **A VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL GUYUE XUAN ENAMELED RELIEF PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1770-1800
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a footrim, the body carved and molded in high relief with a continuous design of two flying butterflies, flowering prunus branches and bamboo, the details of the main design picked out in yellow, turquoise-blue, green and black on a purplish-blue ground, beneath a shoulder-band of pendant leaves and between two framing bands of red formalized floral scroll on a yellow ground, the mouth gilt, the foot covered with green enamel and inscribed Guyue Xuan (Ancient Moon Pavilion) in blue enamel, gilt-metal stopper
    2 5/32 in. (5.5 cm.) high


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    This is the only known Jingde zhen porcelain response to a group of late-eighteenth century Beijing Palace workshops enameled relief-glass bottle with Guyue Xuan marks. Other than this unique bottle, there exists a small series of Jingde Zhen porcelain bottles inspired by Palace enameled glass examples which also bear Guyue Xuan marks. One is illustrated by R. Kleiner in Chinese Snuff Bottles. A Miniature Art from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, p. 207, no. 149, which is a copy of an enameled glass bottle formerly in the Blanche B. Exstein collection, sold in these rooms, 21 March 2002, lot 53; and another, formerly in the Rachelle Holden Collection, is published in the exhibition catalogue Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1977, no. 120.

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    Provenance

    Albert M. Pyke Collection.
    Francis and Kay Reif Collection.
    Christie's, New York, 18 October 1993, lot 44.