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**AN UNUSUAL CARVED BAMBOO FISH-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
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**AN UNUSUAL CARVED BAMBOO FISH-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE

1840-1920

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**AN UNUSUAL CARVED BAMBOO FISH-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
1840-1920
Well carved from a hollow cross-section of bamboo culm in the form of a swimming goldfish, its tail flicked to the side to simulate movement, aquatic plants curling around its mouth and beneath its head, its bulging eyes inlaid in horn with jet pupils, original bamboo stopper and bamboo spoon
2¼ in. (5.65 cm.) long
Provenance
Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (London, 1986)
Literature
Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle The J & J Collection, Vol. II, no. 270
The Miniature World-An Exhibition of Snuff Bottles from the J & J Collection, p. 58
Exhibited
Christie's, New York, 1993
Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
Museum für 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
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Lot Essay

Bamboo containers were appreciated largely for their naturalness, although examples can vary considerably in the quality of the finish, surface markings and intensity of color. This unusual fish bottle, with its short, swishing tail and its charmingly bug-eyed expression, is distinguished by the immense personality of the subject and the rare inlaid eyes. The artist's use of the speckled markings to suggest a textured skin for the fish is particularly noteworthy.
The Chinese character for fish (yu) is a pun on the similarly pronounced character meaning "abundance" or "plenty". Fish are also symbols of fecundity, as they spawn many eggs.

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