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**A FINE AND UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
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**A FINE AND UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1740-1800

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**A FINE AND UNUSUAL RED OVERLAY COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1740-1800
Of compressed form with flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a footrim, the transparent ruby-red glass finely carved through to the colorless ground with a continuous scene of two carp swimming in a lotus pond, one on each main side, with lotus concentrated on the narrow sides, the rim and foot with narrow bands of red overlay, green glass stopper
2 5/32 in. (5.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Hugh Moss Ltd.
Exhibited
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.
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Lot Essay

The detailed surface carving and fluid composition of this bottle assigns it to a group of late eighteenth-century Palace bottles, most on colorless glass and in red or blue overlay. See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 930, for an example in blue overlay.

Apart from various specific means for different fish, they are generally considered a symbol of fertility, since they lay many eggs. For the carp motif, see the note to lot 284.

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