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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 283

    **AN UNUSUAL RED GLASS OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1840

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    **AN UNUSUAL RED GLASS OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1840
    Of compressed form, fluidly carved on both main sides with sinuous horned chi dragons with bifurcated tails, jade stopper with horn collar
    2 37/64 in. (6.5 cm.) high


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    The chi dragon was among the most popular designs on Imperial snuff bottles. See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 1, Jade, no. 99, for a discussion of the development of the chi dragon as a decorative motif. During the mid-Qing period, chi dragons often appeared as the principal decoration on bottles made for the Court but were less commonly found as the main subject on bottles from the workshops at Guangzhou, Yixing, Fujian and Suzhou.

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    Provenance

    Robert Hall, London.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.