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A RARE TURQUOISE-BLUE GLASS OVERLAY BOTTLE VASE
QIANLONG INCISED FOUR-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN A SQUARE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

Finely carved through transparent turquoise-blue glass overlay to the transparent ground with two pairs of confronted archaistic kui dragons on the globular body, above a band of pointed petals around the foot and beneath a band of ruyi on the shoulder, the cylindrical neck similarly decorated with a further pair of kui dragons bordered by circles
10 7/8 in. (27.7 cm.) high

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This form of dragon design with its elongated body was an inspiration taken from kui dragon motif found on Zhou dynasty bronzes. Compare with similar archaistic dragons carved on a bottle vase in the Clague collection, illustrated in Chinese Glass of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, Phoenix Art Museum, 1987, no. 29; and two glass snuff bottles carved with kui dragons illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles, A Miniature Art from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, Hong Kong, 1994, nos. 74 and 75.
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