• Lot 160

    TABATIERE EN VERRE BLEU ET OVERLAY BLANC

    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE

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    TABATIERE EN VERRE BLEU ET OVERLAY BLANC
    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE
    De forme ovoïde aplatie, décorée en overlay blanc opaque d'une scène continue figurant, sur une face, un cavalier et son serviteur traversant un pont, sur le revers, d'un vieillard près d'un pavillon, un enfant tenant un branchage de cerisier, ce dernier formant avec les bambous et pins du décor, les 'Trois Amis de l'Hiver', le bouchon en corail sculpté d'un chilong
    Hauteur: 5,8 cm. (2¼ in.)


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    Although remarkably effective, white overlays on blue ground are, strangely, relatively rare.
    For a slightly smaller example of more elongated pear shape, but with an opaque blue ground, see Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J & J Collection, Hong Kong 1993, vol.II, p.635, no.386. The authors note that:
    "As a rule, overlay glass bottles consist of darker colours set against a light background, and this seems to have been standard from the earliest development of the art. It cannot have been long, however, before the possibilites of reversing the colours occurred to some glassmakers. Bottles with a light-coloured overlay are the exception, but when they occur, they are usually impressive, perhaps partly because they are unusual."
    For another similar bottle from the J & J collection, see lot 12 from our New York sale, 30 March 2005 ; Sotheby's Hong Kong, The Collection of Arthur Gadsby, 2 May 1991, lot 17

    The theme of the 'Three Friends of winter' which is represented here, first emerged in poetry of the Song dynasty and then in paintings. Each plant is symbolic in its own right. Bamboo is naturally flexible and is thus associated with immutability or humility. The pine represents longevity and the prunus perseverance. As they number three, the Three Friends are also equated to the three religions of China (Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism) or the three ideal qualities of a gentleman in their individual attributes.

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    Provenance

    R. Hall, London, 2000


    Pre-Lot Text

    FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PRIVATE AMATEUR
    PART ONE


    Post Lot Text

    A WHITE OVERLAY BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY