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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 459

    AN EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    EMBELLISHMENT, TSUDA FAMILY, KYOTO, JAPAN, 1900-1940; BOTTLE, CHINA, 1750-1820

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    AN EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    EMBELLISHMENT, TSUDA FAMILY, KYOTO, JAPAN, 1900-1940; BOTTLE, CHINA, 1750-1820
    The white jade bottle is embellished with soapstone and other stones, coral, lacquer and gilt on one side with a miniature prunus tree in a jardinière and on the reverse with a basket filled with fruits and lotus roots, embellished in between with an inscription that reads, 'to be enjoyed by mother and son together.'
    1 ¾ (4.5 cm.) high, glass stopper


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    Part of a group of Japanese-embellished bottles created by Tsuda Sokan and his son Tsuda Fukuya, this bottle displays a masterful use of materials on a Chinese, white jade snuff bottle. A number of theories surrounding the Tsuda family are discussed at length in the entries to related bottles in Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 7, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2009, pp. 563-74, nos. 1703-6. The use of such large, bold vessels on this bottle is unusual within the group.

    Provenance

    Charles V. Swain.
    John Fell Ruckmann.
    Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2009.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4956.