A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SNUFF BOTTLE
A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SNUFF BOTTLE

IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1820

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A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1820
The bottle is decorated on each side with a central shou roundel flanked by stylized pairs of chi-dragons and fenghuang on a pink ground, all within a foliate panel surrounded by floral motifs against a dark blue ground, and floral bands against yellow on the narrow sides.
2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, quartz stopper
Provenance
Robert Hall, London, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4852.
Literature
R. Hall, The Boston Snuff Party, Chinese Snuff Bottles XIII, London, 2008, no. 45.

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Lot Essay

This bottle belongs to a group of cloisonné enamel bottles, some with only partial inlay of enamels, of similar design, and many different color combinations, which are now considered to be the imperial output of the Palace workshops from the mid to late eighteenth century. Comparable cloisonné enamel bottles include one illustrated by H. Brinker and A. Lutz, Chinese Cloisonne: The Pierre Uldry Collection, no. 364; one illustrated by P. Friedman, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Pamela R. Lessing Friedman Collection, p. 128, no. 104; and another by H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, no. 272.

Another bottle from this same group of bottles and with a different combination of enamel colors in The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Part I, was sold at Christie's New York, 16 September 2015, lot 215.

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