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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 18

    **AN UNUSUAL GREEN OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    1770-1830

    Price Realised  

    **AN UNUSUAL GREEN OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    1770-1830
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed, convex oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the green overlay carved with a continuous design of gourds on a vine with tendrils and leaves, glass stopper with jadeite finial and vinyl collar
    2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high


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    With its numerous seeds and swelling form, the gourd was a natural symbol of fertility, an association which is reinforced by its extensive network of vines and tendrils, suggesting continuity and generations of descendants. Green on white was one of the most effective combinations for glass overlay wares, and yet it remains relatively rare. Here the emerald color has been softened to a pastel green by the white beneath it, allowing particularly subtle use of shading for the ribbed fruits, leaves and tendrils. The style is typical of Beijing and the mid-Qing period, but probably dates from the late-Qianlong reign.

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    Provenance

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong, 1978


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 378


    Exhibited

    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