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**A RARE TURQUOISE-BLUE-GLAZED CABBAGE-FORM PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
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**A RARE TURQUOISE-BLUE-GLAZED CABBAGE-FORM PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

1840-1920

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**A RARE TURQUOISE-BLUE-GLAZED CABBAGE-FORM PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
1840-1920
Molded in the form of a Chinese cabbage (baicai), with a series of overlapping leaves continuing under the base, ruby stopper
2 7/8 in. (7.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Arthur Gadsby (Hong Kong 1976)
Literature
Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J & J Collection, vol. 1, no. 246
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
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.

Lot Essay

This charming bottle is from the same mold as another in the J & J Collection, illustrated by Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, vol. 1, no. 245. Comparison between the two reveals that minor details of incised and smaller raised lines were added after the principal features were imposed by the mold. Here, the superb technical quality of the molding and hand-finishing is highlighted by the pooling of the richly colored enamel in the many gullies and relief lines.

These cabbage-shaped bottles form part of a larger group of very thinly potted porcelain snuff bottles from the mid- to late-Qing dynasty, including a series of 'squirrel-and-grape' designs, such as the two examples from the J & J Collection, one sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 25 April 2004, lot 875; and the other sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 34.

A cabbage-form bottle of similar design, but carved from white jade, is in the collection of Denis Low and illustrated by R. Kleiner, Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, p. 68, no. 55
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