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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71



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    Of compressed form with slightly concave lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the beige glass streaked with mahogany brown, the shoulders with mask-and-ring handles, horn stopper with silver collar
    2 1/16 in. (5.24 cm.) high

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    Following the massive influx of minerals from Xinjiang province after 1759, there was a great demand for the wide range of semi-precious stones mined in the region. However, the material that was large enough for a snuff bottle was always flawed, prompting imitations in glass which could be made to look like flawless stone. The eighteenth-century Court took pleasure in all things novel, which included the concept of teasing the eye by recreating more precious materials in glass. Because of the versatility of glass as a material and the multitude of colors that were easily produced, it was often used to simulate such material as jade, jadeite, colored hardstones, realgar and amber, among others. The markings and color of the present bottle bring to mind agate.

    The masks on this bottle are distinctive with their large foreheads, neat fringe of curls and small circular rings. Placed fairly high on the shoulders, they suggest northern production during the early phase of snuff-bottle manufacture in response to Imperial taste.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Y.F. Yang & Co., Hong Kong, 1978


    JICSBS, Autumn 1989, p. 19, fig. 2
    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 347
    JICSBS, Summer 1998, p. 18, fig. 52


    Christie's, New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003