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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 241

    **AN UNUSUAL CARVED RED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1780

    Price Realised  

    **AN UNUSUAL CARVED RED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1780
    Of flattened form with rolled lip, concave, inward-sloping mouth and recessed convex foot surrounded by a footrim, the main sides carved with chi dragons with elaborate, foliate tails, all within rounded-rectangular panels, the narrow sides carved with mask-and-ring handles, turquoise stopper with gilt-metal collar
    2 7/32 in. (5.6 cm.) high


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    Ruby glass was a staple at the Palace workshops. Moss, Graham and Tsang, in A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, p. 18, write that during the early years of the Imperial glassworks, from 1696 into the beginning of the Qianlong period, it might have been a closely guarded secret at the Imperial glassworks, slowly leaking out to other workshops over time.

    The use of ruby-red glass in combination with the mask-and-ring handles and broad mouth with rolled lip indicate Palace workmanship. The unusual tree-like combination of the four-pronged tails of the dragons, resembling bifurcated or trifurcated tails, and position of the rear legs is an archaistic detail associated with the Qianlong Palace atelier.

    See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 835, for a carved aquamarine-blue glass bottle with similar treatment of the chi dragons.

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    Provenance

    Joseph Baruch Silver.
    Hugh Moss Ltd.