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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 19

    **AN UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    ATTRIBUTED TO LI JUNTING, OF THE SCHOOL ATTRIBUTED TO YANGZHOU, 1790-1830

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    **AN UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    ATTRIBUTED TO LI JUNTING, OF THE SCHOOL ATTRIBUTED TO YANGZHOU, 1790-1830
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed, convex oval foot, carved through the transparent overlay with a continuous scene of two fan-tailed goldfish swimming in a lotus pond, with a leafy shrub issuing from an ornamental rock, pearl stopper with coral collar
    2 in. (5.12 cm.) high


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    Although unsigned, this bottle can be confidently attributed to the master glass-carver Li Junting, who is believed to have worked at Yangzhou and was one of the most important and innovative of all Qing glass-carvers. This is a masterpiece from the transitional style between his earlier, high relief, usually double or triple plane wares, and his later, low-relief, painterly style. In this group, the artist often combined cameo overlay areas with extensive carving in the ground plane, with added incising of lines at the surface as a third design element. For a full discussion on the school, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, nos. 1020-46.

    For other examples of overlay glass snuff bottles with relief carving in the ground color, see Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles IV, no. 107; R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, nos. 127 and 130; and B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, nos. 243, 248 and 250.

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    Provenance

    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.
    Harry Ross
    Christie's, London, 19 June 1978, lot 49 (also illustrated as the frontispiece)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.


    Literature

    Christie's Review of the Season, 1978, p. 427
    Arts of Asia, May-June 1979, p. 129
    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 400


    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