• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1952

    A VERY RARE TRANSLUCENT BLUE BEIJING GLASS BUTTER-TEA BOWL

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE TRANSLUCENT BLUE BEIJING GLASS BUTTER-TEA BOWL
    QING DYNASTY, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    The low rounded sides rising to flared mouth rims, supported on a broad disc foot
    5 1/4 in. (13.2 cm.) diam., fitted box


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    The form of this bowl was inspired by Tibetan examples carved of wood for the use of drinking butter-tea.

    Provenance

    Collection of Count Antoine Seilern, formed in the mid-1930's, sold at Christie's London, 17 June 1982, lot 1
    The Plesch Collection, Gh13C
    William Lillyman Collection, CG16


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR


    Literature

    E.B. Curtis, 'Glass from China for the Land Above the Clouds', Journal of Glass Studies, XLVI, The Corning Museum of Glass, 2004, p. 156


    Exhibited

    London, British Museum (on loan)
    California, The Bowers Museum, May 2004