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AN EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
AN EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

EMBELLISHMENT, TSUDA FAMILY, KYOTO, JAPAN, 1900-1940; BOTTLE, CHINA, 1750-1820

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AN EMBELLISHED WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
EMBELLISHMENT, TSUDA FAMILY, KYOTO, JAPAN, 1900-1940; BOTTLE, CHINA, 1750-1820
The white jade bottle is embellished with soapstone and other stones, coral, lacquer and gilt on one side with a miniature prunus tree in a jardinière and on the reverse with a basket filled with fruits and lotus roots, embellished in between with an inscription that reads, 'to be enjoyed by mother and son together.'
1 ¾ (4.5 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
Charles V. Swain.
John Fell Ruckmann.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2009.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4956.

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Part of a group of Japanese-embellished bottles created by Tsuda Sokan and his son Tsuda Fukuya, this bottle displays a masterful use of materials on a Chinese, white jade snuff bottle. A number of theories surrounding the Tsuda family are discussed at length in the entries to related bottles in Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 7, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2009, pp. 563-74, nos. 1703-6. The use of such large, bold vessels on this bottle is unusual within the group.

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