16 March 2016
A SANDWICHED PINK GLASS 'CABBAGE' SNUFF BOTTLE
The bottle of elongated form is well and crisply carved with a layer of pink glass sandwiched between two layers of white glass carved on the exterior to form the leaves of the cabbage that rise from the concave base. The neck is speckled with green and pink glass.
3 in. (7.6 cm.) high, jadeite stopper
The Alex S. Cussons Collection; Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 May 1995, lot 369.
Sotheby's New York, 17 October 2001, lot 221.
The Bentley Collection.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2008.
Robert Hall, London, 2009.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4986.
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C. and M. Chu, The Bentley Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Los Angeles, 2008, p. 23.
R. Hall, Irish Mist, Chinese Snuff Bottles, XIV, London, 2009, p. 17, no. 18.
In Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, p. 135, T. T. Bartholomew remarks that the second character of "cabbage" (cai) is a pun for "wealth," and that the Chinese believe that eating this vegetable will help one gain prosperity.
A nearly identical bottle, formerly in the collections of Bob Stevens and Eric Young, is illustrated by R. Kleiner in Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect: Chinese Snuff Bottles from the collection of Denis Low, Singapore, 1995, p. 111, no. 92.
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