The smaller bottle, Zhiting School, Suzhou, 1800-1880, is carved through a dark russet 'skin' with a sage seated below a pine tree. The reverse is carved in relief with a poetic inscription. The second bottle, Official School, 1760-1850, is carved with Lui Hai dangling a string of cash atop his three-legged toad in the amber-colored 'skin,' with clouds carved on the sides in white patches of stone, and bats on the reverse.
2 ¾ and 2 ½ in. (4.5 and 6.4 cm.) high, hardstone stoppers
The smaller bottle:
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4869.
The larger bottle:
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2009.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5008.

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