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**AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED AND EMBELLISHED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE
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**AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED AND EMBELLISHED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE

POSSIBLY IMPERIAL, 1730-1780

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**AN EXTREMELY RARE CARVED AND EMBELLISHED AMBER SNUFF BOTTLE
POSSIBLY IMPERIAL, 1730-1780
The semi-transparent, variegated material of golden-brown tone with some darker streaking, carved in high relief in the form of a gnarled trunk of ancient pine with pierced leafy branches, an area of coral embellishment forming a branch of flowering prunus blossom, other areas inlaid with coral and turquoise forming three stalks of bamboo, turquoise stopper with coral finial
2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm.) high
Provenance
Christie's New York, 3 June 1993, lot 380
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd.
Literature
Oriental Art, vol. XLIX, no.2 (2003), p.65
Exhibited
Empress Place, Singapore, 9 April 1994 - 7 August 1994
Christie's, Los Angeles 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

Embellished wares are so firmly associated with early-twentieth-century Japanese output of snuff bottles that the extraordinary quality and rarity of the few early Chinese examples have tended to become eclipsed by, and even mistaken for, later Japanese works.

This bottle must certainly rank among the most spectacular of all early embellished bottles, with its lovely combination of soft materials, so well suited to each other, and their tasteful use. Such embellished works are typical of a multi-skilled workshop scenario, such as that of the Imperial workshops, which in this case is a likely source. Such embellished wares, however, were also produced in Yangzhou from the sixteenth century onwards and certainly continued into the mid-nineteenth century in the capable hands of the famous lacquerer, Lu Dong (Kuisheng).
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