A TRANSPARENT BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
A TRANSPARENT BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

QING DYNASTY, 1730-1830

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A TRANSPARENT BLUE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 1730-1830
The bottle is finely carved to simulate the weave of a wicker basket, with the foot decorated with rope pattern, the transparent material of a bright blue tone.
2 1/2 in. (6.37 cm.) high, stopper
Provenance
Hugh Moss Collection
The J & J Collection; sold at Christie's New York, 30 March 2005, lot 49
Literature
Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, New York/Tokyo, 1993, vol. II, no. 352
Exhibited
Christie's New York, 1993
Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Snuff Bottles from China. The J & J Collection, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1996-1997
The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle: The J & J Collection, London, 1997
Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
National Museum of History, The Miniature World: An exhibition of snuff bottles from the J & J Collection, Taipei, 2002
Poly Art Museum, The Art of Chinese Snuff Bottle: Selected Snuff Bottle Collection of James Li, Beijing, 2003, p. 100, fig. a

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Lot Essay

It was common practice to protect large jars with outer casing of a variety of woven or plaited material, and snuff bottles simulating a vessel tightly contained in a wicker basket or entirely simulating basketweave are found in a variety of materials including ivory, jade, amber, rock crystal, molded gourd and glass. This design started in the eighteenth century and continued to be used through the Qing dynasty.

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