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    Sale 1977

    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 281

    **AN UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1770

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    **AN UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1770
    Of flattened form with flat lip and flattened foot made up of elements of the design, well-carved through the transparent red overlay with a continuous design of four pomegranates and leaves growing from a branch, with one leaf curling beneath the bottle, tourmaline stopper with gilt-metal collar
    3 3/64 in. (7.7 cm.) high


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    This deep ruby-red color, thick overlay and masterful, well-rounded carving of a powerful design is typical of the first phase of glass overlay from the late Kangxi, to the early Qianlong period and the style is attributed to the Palace workshops.

    Glass overlays made at the Palace would have been produced in the Imperial glassworks and carved in the lapidary workshops by lapidaries who also worked in various stones, including nephrite.

    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

    Gold Art International Corporation, Taiwan, 1995.
    Hugh Moss Ltd., 1995.
    The Holleman Collection.
    Hugh Moss Ltd.