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AN OCTAGONAL GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1740
Carved with eight vertical facets tapering to a recessed convex foot of conforming section, with an angled shoulder and waisted neck, the opaque glass of a rich leaf-green color, the original stopper carved with corresponding facets
2 5/16 in. (5.85 cm.) high
Provenance
Robert Hall, London, 1979
Literature
Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J&J Collection, vol. 2, no. 333
The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, p. 97, fig. a
Exhibited
Christie's New York, 1993
Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003

Lot Essay

For a discussion on the faceted form of this bottle, see the footnote to lot 50.

The faceted form of this elegant bottle and the unusual color suggest the probability of a Palace Workshop origin. A Yongzheng-marked faceted vase, of an equally unusual pink color, in the collection of Alan E. Feen and illustrated by E. B. Curtis, 'Glass for K'ang Hsi's Court', Arts of Asia, September-October 1991, p. 132, suggests that that this bottle might date as early as the Yongzheng period. Also noteworthy is the perfectly fitted glass stopper which imitates coral and is most likely the original. It is an octagonal version of the type of eighteenth-century stopper found on a wide range of Palace enamels and other Imperial bottles.
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