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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

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

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1710-1760

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    **A WELL-CARVED BLUE OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1710-1760
    Of compressed form with wide mouth, thin, flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, carved through the transparent blue layer with a continuous design of two chi dragons with coiled, sinuous bodies, the tail of one dragon forming the oval foot, tourmaline stopper with vinyl collar
    1 57/64 in. (4.8 cm) high


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    The especially wide mouth, fine hollowing and execution of its Imperial chi dragons suggest an early date for this bottle. The dragons here are not formulaic repetitions of a standard design, but are fluid and dynamic. The carving is well-rounded and perfectly finished, set against an even ground plane.

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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

    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.