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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 264



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    Of compressed form with flat lip and flat foot, the main sides of the burl wood bottle contained within a foliate silver mount finely worked with a formalized floral scroll enameled in pale turquoise-blue, purple and white, matching original enameled silver stopper
    2 9/16 cm. (6.5 cm.) high

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    Examples of snuff bottles made from organic materials such as amber and coconut shell, mounted in embellished silver are illustrated by M. Hughes, The Blair Bequest. Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of the Princeton University Art Museum, pp. 94-95, nos. 94-97, all of which display Mongolian or Tibetan influence, as does the present bottle, suggesting north-China manufacture. See a silver and silver-gilt snuff bottle illustrated by R. Kleiner, in Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, p. 183, no. 247. These enameled metal mounts are also found on burl wood tea bowls common in Tibetan and Mongolian usage.

    What sets this bottle apart from the group is the fine cloisonné enameling on the silver mounts. Technically cloisonné enamels, since the design consists of different colored enamels contained within raised wires, this was an alternative Palace style of the mid-Qing period, but also produced elsewhere. As is often the case with this ware, only some areas were filled with enamel.

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