19 March 2008
**A WELL-CARVED BLUE OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
Of compressed form with concave lip and recessed, convex foot surrounded by a footrim carved through the transparent pale blue layer with a continuous design of two chi dragons with coiled, sinuous bodies, pale pink tourmaline stopper with gilt-metal collar
2 23/32 in. (6.9 cm.) high
Robert Hall-Jutheau Auction, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Auction, Boston, October 1991.
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Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles IV, no. 114.
Robert Hall, London, 1991.
The confident, fluid carving and exceptional finish of this bottle suggest that it was made in Beijing as part of a distinctive Imperial group of the mid-Qing period. It is stylistically related to the streaked glass bottle of lot 239. See H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, no. 216 for a similar example in red overlay.
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