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AN UNUSUAL CARVED QUARTZ, DENDRITIC CHALCEDONY AND CARNELIAN SNUFF BOTTLE
AN UNUSUAL CARVED QUARTZ, DENDRITIC CHALCEDONY AND CARNELIAN SNUFF BOTTLE

OFFICIAL SCHOOL, 1740-1840

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AN UNUSUAL CARVED QUARTZ, DENDRITIC CHALCEDONY AND CARNELIAN SNUFF BOTTLE
OFFICIAL SCHOOL, 1740-1840
The well-hollowed bottle with concave lip and recessed foot, carved on one side utilizing the orangish-red markings with a fan-tailed goldfish with lotus leaves against a misty pale grey ground, the stone on the reverse of pale grey and warm honey tone with brown fern-like markings, the narrow sides carved utilizing the orangish-red markings with masks suspending fixed oval rings, stopper
2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Albert Pyke
Elisabeth and Ladislas Kardos (Vancouver, 1969)
Sotheby's New York, 1 July 1985, lot 73
Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
Literature
Chinese Snuff Bottles. An Exhibition from British Columbia Collectors, catalogue and colored slide folder, no. 35
Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J&J Collection, vol. 1, no. 135
The Miniature World - An Exhibition of Snuff Bottles from the J & J Collection, Taipei, p. 48.
Exhibited
Vancouver Centennial Exhibition, October 1977
Christie's New York, 1993
Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
Museum fur 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

Lot Essay

Despite the problems posed by a piece of quartz with so many different characteristics, as seen by the combination of the translucent pale beige ground (chalcedony), the orange-red, black and brown fern-like markings (dendritic chalcedony and other colored forms of chalcedony), and the solid area of orange-red carnelian, the carver has used the material with great intelligence and imagination, making maximum use of the color variations, creating a scene with a fan-tailed goldfish amongst lotus leaves, using the translucent milieu as the pond in which they both live. The dendritic markings around the shoulders and neck provide material for further flora floating at the surface of the pond, and the overall composition is testament to the inventiveness of the artist.
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