24 March 2004
A RARE PALE GREEN OVERLAY SEMI-TRANSLUCENT WHITE GLASS BOTTLE VASE
Carved through the pale green layer to the soft white ground with a continuous scene of a figure carrying a qin standing under a pine tree in front of a pavilion, with further buildings and trees around the sides and the cloud-enveloped moon on the neck
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
John Sparks, London, prior to 1940.
Lady Serena James, Countess of Scarborough.
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