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**A BROWN OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
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**A BROWN OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

LI JUNTING SCHOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO YANGZHOU, 1810-1850

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**A BROWN OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
LI JUNTING SCHOOL, ATTRIBUTED TO YANGZHOU, 1810-1850
Of compressed spherical form, the body of white glass with brown glass overlays on both sides, one side carved with a young goatherd seated on the ground, a whip at his side while he tends two goats, a long rope extending from one, as he gazes up at the sky at two butterflies flying overhead, the other side with a fisherman holding his rod and a branch of prunus blossoms, a basket and recently caught carp nearby, a bat overhead and petals strewn about at the man's feet, with overlay inscription in seal script reading Rili gianjin (every day one-thousand [pieces of] gold in profit), glass stopper carved as a coiled chi dragon
2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Dawson Collection, Channel Islands
Christie's, South Kensington, 10 June 1999, lot 202
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd.
Exhibited
Christie's, Los Angeles, 2003
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Lot Essay

This is a classic example of the Li Junting School of carving attributable to Yangzhou exhibiting the low-relief style of carving which evolved in the early-nineteenth century under the direction of this master glass-carver (see also lot 30). For a full discussion on the school, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, nos. 1020-46.
The symbolism of the fisherman and the carp is alluded to by the inscription. The carp (li) which the fisherman has caught is a homonym for "profit." The auspicious message is enhanced by the inclusion of a prunus blossom (for the ideal gentleman and, alternatively, longevity) and the bat (for happiness).
A brown overlay white glass bottle with similar carving of goats is illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The White Wings Collection, p. 112, no. 76.

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