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A RARE PINK AND WHITE-OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
A RARE PINK AND WHITE-OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

1770-1850

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A RARE PINK AND WHITE-OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
1770-1850
The bottle is carved through the opaque white and strawberry-pink overlays to the opaque bluish-green ground with a cloud reserve on either side enclosing a prunus and a blossoming orchid, the narrow sides with oval panels of bamboo and pine.
2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) high, stone stopper
Provenance
Collection of Edmund Dwyer; Christie's London, 12 October 1987, lot 64.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4977.

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This rare bottle belongs to the group of double-overlay examples made in the mid-Qing dynasty. Finely carved through the white and pink overlays to the unusual blue-green ground, the color combination is extremely rare, and the subject matter appears to be unique within this group.

For a discussion of related overlay bottles dating to the mid-Qing dynasty see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 5, Part 3, Hong Kong, 2002, pp. 675-685, nos. 1001-1005.

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