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A CARVED GREY AND BLACK JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
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A CARVED GREY AND BLACK JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

PROBABLY SUZHOU SCHOOL, 1760-1850

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A CARVED GREY AND BLACK JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
PROBABLY SUZHOU SCHOOL, 1760-1850
The compressed body is carved overall with swirling clouds and scale-like skies, with two horned dragons weaving their bodies through the clouds in pursuit of the flaming pearl located at the side.
2 7/8 in. (7.8 cm.) high, rose quartz stopper
Provenance
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2004.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4066.
Exhibited
Boston, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Convention, The Barron Collection, 23-26 September 2008.
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Based on the size, material and ingenious use of the natural markings in the stone, we can likely attribute this bottle to the second phase of production of the Suzhou school. As Moss points out, "The second phase probably began to evolve during the Kangxi period but was certainly established by the early Qianlong...One feature of this classic group is that many of them are fairly large bottles, and as we have already suggested, large bottles do not seem to have evolved as a standard form until the Qianlong period" (see Moss and Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J & J Collection, 1993, p. 66).

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