21 March 2013
A SANDWICHED SWIRL GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL GLASSWORKS, BEIJING, 1700-1840
The bottle is of tapering, ovoid form with two layers of the sandwiched glass enclosing swirls of purplish-red, white, caramel, and emerald-green.
1 15/16 in. (5 cm.) high, coral stopper
Bob Stevens Collection (Part III); Sotheby Parke Bernet New York, 25 June 1982, lot 43.
Sotheby's London, 3 March 1987, lot 43.
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This type of sandwiched glass bottle was produced in large quantities at the Imperial Glassworks as gifts to be distributed on festival occaisions. This is an unusual color combination, although no two are ever precisely alike.
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