16 September 2015
A RED-OVERLAY CLEAR GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL GLASSWORKS, BEIJING, 1736-1795
The bottle is carved through the transparent, deep-red overlay to the densely bubble-suffused, semi-transparent ground on one side with a toad seated on a large lotus leaf beneath the shade of a larger leaf. The other side is decorated with a tortoise and a snake, its body looping around to form the foot.
2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm) high, mother-of-pearl stopper
SB Collection, England.
Robert Hall, London, 2011.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5275.
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R. Hall, The SB Collection, Chinese Snuff Bottles XV, London, 2011, no. 115.
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