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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 404

    AN ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)

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    AN ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
    The bottle is decorated on each side with a katydid detailed in green, yellow, blue and black, with the eyes picked out with gilt.
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, glass stopper


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    The katydid, either alone or with its cage, became a very popular subject on snuff bottles during the early 19th century. An emblem of courage, the katydid in Chinese is pronounced guoguo, which sounds the same as the word 'country.'

    A similar bottle from The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection was sold at Christie's, New York, 16 September 2015, lot 218.

    Provenance

    The Oriental Corner, 1999.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2847.