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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 54

    **AN UNUSUAL SANDWICHED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    1730-1860

    Price Realised  

    **AN UNUSUAL SANDWICHED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    1730-1860
    Of compressed form with a flat lip and recessed, concave oval foot, with swirling black threads superimposed on mahogany-colored mottling sandwiched between two transparent green layers, tourmaline stopper with jadeite collar
    2 in. (5.52 cm.) high


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    The colorful, variegated markings provide a wealth of potential as the abstract markings are capable of transformation through imagination into a myriad subjects. The random markings on this bottle resemble spontaneous brush markings, drifting incense smoke, or goldfish swimming amidst weeds in a pond.

    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

    Ko Collection, Tianjin, 1939
    Christie's, London, 8 November 1976, lot 72


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 325
    The Art of Chinese Snuff Bottle, Poly Art Museum, p. 105, fig. a


    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