• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 7

    A WHITE AND SPINACH-GREEN JADE AUBERGINE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE

    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1736-1820

    Price Realised  

    A WHITE AND SPINACH-GREEN JADE AUBERGINE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE
    PROBABLY IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1736-1820
    The body of the vegetable carved from stone of even white tone, the calyx naturalistically carved from a separate piece of spinach-green jade
    2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm.) high


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    A set of ten similar bottles in a fitted box in the National Palace Museum, Taipei are illustrated by Chang Lin-Sheng, Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p. 142, no. 112. See, also, the set of ten bottles of this type sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 1 November 1994, lot 1257, together with a carved zitan box. A single bottle of this type, from the collection of Mary and George Bloch, is illustrated by H. Moss, V. Graham and K. B. Tsang, Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 1995, vol. 1, Jade, p. 174-175, no. 70; another is illustrated by M. C. Hughes, The Blair Bequest: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002, p. 39, no. 4.

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