16 September 2015
AN UNUSUAL LARGE ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
THE RUSTIC CRYSTAL MASTER, 1760-1860
The bottle is carved in high relief on one side through the mottled grey and brown skin of the stone with an eagle standing on a rock in silhouette against the wind-tossed waves and mountains carved in low relief on the clear crystal body.
3 ¼ in. (8.2 cm.) high, agate stopper
Charles V. Swain, Pennsylvania.
Robert Hall, London, 2009.
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2009.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4912.
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For a discussion of the School of the Rustic Crystal Master, Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 2, Part 1, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 194-205, nos. 254-57.
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