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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 483

    TWO ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLES

    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1880

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    TWO ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLES
    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1880
    The first bottle, 1830-1880, is decorated in polychrome enamels with a scene known as ‘the three sours’, depicting Confucius, the Buddha and Laozi each dipping their fingers into a vat of vinegar, the expressions on their faces showing their different reactions to the sour vinegar and typify the outlook of their respective religions, all set on an opaque black ground. The second bottle, 1820-1880, is painted in black enamel with vessels holding bamboo, chrysanthemum and Buddha's hand citron.
    3 1/8 and 2 3/8 in. (8 and 7.3 cm.) high, glass and stone stoppers


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    Provenance

    The first bottle:
    John Sinclair, California.
    Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2010.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5065.
    The second bottle:
    Robert Hall, London, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5193


    Literature

    R. Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles, XV, The SB Collection, London, 2011, no. 76. (second bottle).