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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 73

    **AN UNUSUAL GREY, BLACK AND WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    1500-1700

    Price Realised  

    **AN UNUSUAL GREY, BLACK AND WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    1500-1700
    Of cylindrical form curving into a flat top and bottom, the narrow mouth with a small, raised lip; the black-speckled material carved on the top and bottom with formalized mallow flowers and around the body with a three-clawed winged dragon amidst clouds, jadeite stopper with pearl finial
    1 in. (3.06 cm.) high


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    Stylistically, the carving on the current bottle is Ming rather than Qing. The winged dragon in this style was common on Ming metalwork, ceramics and other applied arts and relatively rarer during the Qing dynasty. The shape is also not typical of the snuff bottle and it is probably a pre-snuff container for a different material which has been converted for use as a snuff bottle by the addition of a spoon and stopper. As such it is extremely rare, since despite the many protestations that Ming medicine bottles were converted for use as snuff bottles during the Qing, medicine bottles which are convincingly Ming in any material are rare.

    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.


    Provenance

    Anthony Yang
    Christie's, Hong Kong, 30 October 1995, lot 942
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd


    Exhibited

    Christie's, Los Angeles, 2003