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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 425

    TWO AGATE SNUFF BOTTLES

    1730-1860

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TWO AGATE SNUFF BOTTLES
    1730-1860
    The first bottle, 1730-1850, is well-hollowed, the stone punctuated with white and brown swirls centered with dark eyes forming a 'spiderweb' pattern, and the narrow sides carved with mask and ring handles. The second bottle, 1740-1860, is well-hollowed, the stone with bands of tan, blood-red, white, gray and mauve tones.
    1 ¼ and 1 7/8 in. (5.7 and 4.8 cm.) high, shell and glass stoppers


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    Provenance

    The first bottle:
    James Gleeson & Frank O'Keefe; Sotheby's London, 6 June 1980, lot. 98.
    Robert Kleiner, London, 2012.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5392.
    The second bottle:
    Robert Hall, London, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5203.


    Saleroom Notice

    The first bottle of the pair correctly measures 2 ¼ inches in height, not 1 ¼ as described in the catalogue.


    Literature

    R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles, The White Wings Collection, Hong Kong, 1997, p. 157, no. 104 (the first bottle).
    R. Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles XV, The SB Collection, London, 2011, no. 58 (the second bottle).