60
60
A SAPPHIRE-BLUE AVENTURINE-GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
60
A SAPPHIRE-BLUE AVENTURINE-GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Snuff Bottles from the Mary & George Bloch Collection: Part IX

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Hong Kong

A SAPPHIRE-BLUE AVENTURINE-GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

Provenance

Zhirou Zhai Collection.
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., 1993.

Literature

Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 5, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 717.

Catalogue Note

This bottle represents a group in which fragments of aventurine glass are rolled into the surface of a contrasting colour. For more on aventurine glass, see Sale 4, lot 59. The Chinese terms for this material are jinxing boli 金星玻璃 (‘golden-star glass’) and wendulina 溫都里那 (or 文都里那).

Nothing about this bottle would preclude a date from the first half of the eighteenth century. The simple form could have been made at any time, but the blue glass here is as suffused with air bubbles as any piece known of this colour and also contains some impurities, as if the type might still have been at an experimental stage when it was produced.

Snuff Bottles from the Mary & George Bloch Collection: Part IX

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Hong Kong