16 September 2015
AN UNUSUAL BLUE AND WHITE-ENAMELED MOLDED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD, 1780-1799
The cylindrical bottle is made in imitation of a blue-overlay glass bottle and is molded in relief with two five-clawed dragons, one chasing a flaming pearl above the other as it rises from froth-capped waves, all covered in bright blue enamel against the white ground.
2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high, glass stopper
Robert Hall, London, 2008.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4881.
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For a similar bottle and discussion of porcelain imitations of glass see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 6, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2008, p. 397, no. 1177.
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