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AN ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
AN ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)

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AN ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
The bottle is decorated on each side with a katydid detailed in green, yellow, blue and black, with the eyes picked out with gilt.
2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
The Oriental Corner, 1999.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2847.

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Lot Essay

The katydid, either alone or with its cage, became a very popular subject on snuff bottles during the early 19th century. An emblem of courage, the katydid in Chinese is pronounced guoguo, which sounds the same as the word 'country.'

A similar bottle from The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection was sold at Christie's, New York, 16 September 2015, lot 218.

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