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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 58

    **TWO BLUE AND WHITE SNUFF BOTTLES

    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1830-1850

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    **TWO BLUE AND WHITE SNUFF BOTTLES
    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1830-1850
    With convex lip and recessed, flat circular foot surrounded by a footrim, painted in underglaze blue with a continuous scene of seven Buddhist lions at play, some with brocade balls, all atop wispy clouds, apocryphal Chenghua mark, coral-colored glass stopper carved with a crouching chilong; and a blue and white snuff bottle with convex lip and recessed, flat circular foot surrounded by a footrim, painted with a continuous design with young boys at play, some with lanterns, others with a kite, glass stopper carved with a crouching chilong
    2 in. (5.12 cm.) and 3 in. (8.02 cm.) high respectively (2)


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    During the earlier part of the nineteenth century, apocryphal Yongzheng, Kangxi and Chenghua reign marks began to be added to porcelain bottles in an apparent attempt to backdate the production of blue and white ceramic snuff bottles to these earlier reigns. This was a response to the increasing popularity of antique snuff bottles amongst Chinese collectors, but was also fuelled by a growing number of foreign collectors who were impressed by early reign marks. They are often of very high quality, and it is questionable as to whether or not they were originally intended to deceive, although that is the most likely intent.

    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

    The bottle with children:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, 1972