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A VERY RARE AND FINELY ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
A VERY RARE AND FINELY ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, INCISED QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD, 1736-1770

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A VERY RARE AND FINELY ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, INCISED QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD, 1736-1770
Of compressed form with flat lip and protruding flat foot, the milk-white glass delicately painted in famille rose enamels with a continuous landscape in which two scholars stand on a path beside a waterfall and towering cliff, the other main side with a pavilion nestled beneath tall pine trees on the banks of a river with distant peaks rising from mist beyond, the waisted neck encircled by a scrolling blue floral design and a formalized lingzhi border repeated above the foot, the foot rim painted with a band of blue dots, the base incised with a four-character mark in regular script, Qianlong nian zhi (Made in the Qianlong period), gilt-metal stopper with integral collar
2 21/64 in. (5.9 cm.) high
Provenance
Hugh Moss Ltd.
Literature
Catalogue, Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.
Exhibited
Canadian Craft Museum, 1992.

Lot Essay

This bottle is one of a very rare group of early Qianlong bottles painted with landscapes. Another rare example, with a poem but without an Imperial mark, formerly in the Meriem Collection, was sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 629. A third was offered at Etude Jutheau, Paris, 5-6 March 1985, lot 68; a fourth is in a private Hong Kong collection. They represent the finest of eighteenth-century enameled landscape painting, and with the design of two figures, one pointing, in front of a long waterfall are obviously the inspiration for the later, repeated versions of a similar theme represented by lot 271.

Standing between the present early Qianlong example, and the later more decorative versions of the same subject is a unique enameled cup bearing a Qianlong mark from the Jingguantang Collection, sold our Hong Kong Rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 509. See the note to lot 282 for mention of the difficulties in producing enameled glass.

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