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A FINE AND RARE GOLDEN GLASS 'MALLOW FLOWER' SNUFF BOTTLE
A FINE AND RARE GOLDEN GLASS 'MALLOW FLOWER' SNUFF BOTTLE

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A FINE AND RARE GOLDEN GLASS 'MALLOW FLOWER' SNUFF BOTTLE
PROBABLY IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1780

Finely carved on each main side with a large mallow blossom, flanked on the sides by mask-and-ring handles, the transparent material of a vibrant golden-yellow tone, stopper
2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Ambassador T. T. Li, Shanghai, 1945
Literature
JICSBS, Autumn 1988, front cover
JICSBS, Spring 1989, front cover
Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J&J Collection, vol. 2, no. 357
The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, Poly Art Museum, Beijing, p. 99
Exhibited
Havana, Cuba, 1945
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, 1968
Christie's New York, 1993
Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003

Lot Essay

This bottle depicts the mallow which is associated with the successful scholar. Its Chinese name gui is also a homophone on the word gui for "honor". As such, the mallow flower is often depicted on a variety of bottles made from different materials. This particular version of the design is known as fengjuangui, 'mallow curling in the wind', and is characterized by the wavy petals and cross-hatched center.

A number of bottles with this design are known, including several in different colors of glass in the Marian Mayer collection, illustrated by Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles II, nos. 86-90 and 93; one illustrated by Humphrey Hui et. al., Hidden Treasures of the Dragon, p. 61, fig. 111; and another illustrated by Robert Kleiner, A Miniature Art from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, no. 95.
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