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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 270

    **A WELL-CARVED BLUE OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    BEIJING, 1770-1830

    Price Realised  

    **A WELL-CARVED BLUE OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    BEIJING, 1770-1830
    Of compressed form with concave lip and recessed, convex foot surrounded by a footrim carved through the transparent pale blue layer with a continuous design of two chi dragons with coiled, sinuous bodies, pale pink tourmaline stopper with gilt-metal collar
    2 23/32 in. (6.9 cm.) high


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    The confident, fluid carving and exceptional finish of this bottle suggest that it was made in Beijing as part of a distinctive Imperial group of the mid-Qing period. It is stylistically related to the streaked glass bottle of lot 239. See H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, no. 216 for a similar example in red overlay.

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    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

    Robert Hall-Jutheau Auction, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Auction, Boston, October 1991.


    Literature

    Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles IV, no. 114.


    Exhibited

    Robert Hall, London, 1991.