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A SIX-COLOUR OVERLAY GLASS 'EGGPLANT' SNUFF BOTTLE
YUZHI SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 825,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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97
A SIX-COLOUR OVERLAY GLASS 'EGGPLANT' SNUFF BOTTLE
YUZHI SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
Estimation
400 000500 000
Lot. Vendu 825,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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A SIX-COLOUR OVERLAY GLASS 'EGGPLANT' SNUFF BOTTLE
YUZHI SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG

Provenance

Parish Watson and Co. Inc., New York.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schoen.
Collection of Joseph Baruch Silver.
Robert Hall, 1995.

Exposition

Exhibition of Chinese Snuff Bottles of the 17th and 18th Centuries from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schoen, China Institute in America, New York, 1952-1953, cat. no. 27.
Joseph Baruch Silver, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Joseph Baruch Silver, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987.
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, 1988.
Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles VII: The Art of an Imperial Addiction, Robert Hall Gallery, London, 1995, cat. no. 12.
Christopher Sin, Humphrey Hui, and Po Ming Kwong, ed., A Congregation of Snuff Bottle Connoisseurs: An Exhibition of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 51.
Shirarezaru bijutsu kogei no sekai: kagi tabako ire tokubetsuten [Snuff containers. A little-known artistic craft of the world], Tabako to Shio no Hakubutsukan, Tokyo, 1998, p. 27.

Bibliographie

Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Spring 1994, p. 34.
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. 989.

Description

The carving style relates this bottle to a group of multi-colour single overlays datable to the second half of the Qianlong period (Sale 6, lot 249 is another example). The group is characterised by the use of certain colours—including some rather alarming combinations of bright pink and turquoise blue—the predominance of floral motifs, colours being blended into one another, and a detailed style resulting in a busy, textured surface.

This bottle, the baskets of flowers, and such masterpieces as Sale 4, lot 104 and  Sale 6, lot 249 suggest an imperial connection. Evidence from the archives indicates that several Qing Emperors ordered certain bottles to be repeated. It is possible that the Qianlong emperor ordered this one to test a carver’s skills and, having approved it, ordered more of the same design but without the yuzhi mark. One other bottle, in a private collection in Florida, is almost identical to this but lacks the reign mark and can have come only from the same design/carving team.

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

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Hong Kong