AN IMPERIAL ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE INCISED MARK AND PERIOD OF QIANLONG
Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Etude Jutheau, 5th/6th March 1985, lot 68.
Another bottle of identical size, form and decoration was sold at Christie’s New York, 19th March 2008, lot 307, from the Meriem Collection. See also a closely related example previously sold in these rooms, 4th November 1996, lot 30, later in the Lutz Franz Collection, and now in the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection. Both were recently included in the exhibition Imperial Passion, Hong Kong, 2014, and are illustrated on e-yaji.com, nos 21.3.1207 and 21.3.754.
Amongst the small number of extant Qianlong enamelled glass pieces of this quality in private hands, similarly enamelled with precise and minute attention to detail, is a Qianlong reign-marked enamelled glass bottle vase, decorated with pheasants and bamboo, sold in these rooms, 11th April 2008, lot 2846. This relates closely to another enamelled glass vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, decorated with flowers and birds, included in Luster of Autumn Water. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshops, Beijing, 2005, pl. 84; a pair of vases painted with pheasants and flowering peony blooms, from the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, illustrated in Emily Byrne Curtis, ed., Pure Brightness Shines Everywhere. The Glass of China, Burlington, 2004, pl. 9.10.