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A SILHOUETTE AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
1780-1860
The bottle is subtly carved in the russet-colored pattern of the honey-colored stone with a boy happily clutching a lotus blossom, on which a bird is perched, in his raised hand.
2 in. (5.1 cm.) high, shell and glass stopper
Provenance
Robert Kleiner, Belfont Company Ltd., Hong Kong, 1993.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2561.
Exhibited
Boston, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Convention, The Barron Collection, 23-26 September 2008.

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Lot Essay

The combination of a boy (zi) and lotus (lian) forms the rebus, lian sheng gui zi (may you continuously give birth to distinguished sons).

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