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**A GREENISH-WHITE JADE PURSE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON
**A GREENISH-WHITE JADE PURSE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE

1760-1820

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**A GREENISH-WHITE JADE PURSE-SHAPED SNUFF BOTTLE
1760-1820
Delicately carved as a purse with gathered pleats at the opening above blossoming branches, the sides of the neck pierced for stringing, the stone of even, pale greenish-white tone, stopper
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, 1970s.

Lot Essay

Bottles of this type, carved from agate as well as jade, copied the standard pouches or purses worn with Official Dress at Court. They were probably made for the Court, and are an amusing reference to an official career.

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