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A CARVED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
A CARVED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, 1740-1880

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A CARVED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PROBABLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, 1740-1880
The near flawless stone is well-hollowed and is finely carved in low relief with three formalized peaches, three ruyi scepters gathered with ribbons, bats and canopies. The sides are carved with mask-and-ring handles.
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high, tourmaline and turquoise stopper
Provenance
Robert Hall, London, 2002.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 3501.

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Lot Essay

Compare to a similar well-carved crystal bottle sold at Christie's New York, 19-20 September 2013, lot 1627. Another related snuff bottle, but carved with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, is illustrated by Moss, Graham, and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 2, Part 2, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 416-18, no. 334.

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