16 September 2015
A WHITE-OVERLAY PINK GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
POSSIBLY PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1780-1850
The bottle is carved through the opaque white overlay to the opaque rose-tone body on one side with a figure seated beneath a prunus tree and pulling the rein of his donkey in attempt to coax him over a log bridge, while his young attendant raises a whip behind the animal. The other side shows a scene of a scholar, possibly Meng Haoran, riding a donkey beneath a prunus tree while the attendant follows behind holding a flowering prunus branch.
2 5/8 in. (6.5 cm.) high, pink tourmaline stopper
Charles V. Swain, Pennsylvania.
Robert Hall, London, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4897.
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R. Hall, The Boston Snuff Party, Chinese Snuff Bottles XIII, London, 2008, no. 29.
Boston, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Convention, Robert Hall, 2008.
For a discussion of the subject of a scholar riding a donkey see the note to lot 274
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