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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part V  
Bonham's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2012: Lot 70 

Lot 70

 
 

Lot 70
Treasury 7, no. 1603 (‘High-Flying Jet’)
HK$150,000

A jet ‘chi-dragons’ snuff bottle

Jet; reasonably well hollowed, with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flattened footrim; carved with two chi dragons facing each other on one main side, the other main side inscribed in relief seal script chizha fengyun (An angry shout raises the winds and clouds)
Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
Height: 6.38 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.54/1.68 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; turquoise collar

Provenance:
H. G. Beasley (1936)
Miss M. A. Beasley
Sotheby’s, London, 2 July 1984, lot 75
Dr & Mrs Glenn W. Gordon
Robert Hall (1990)

Published:
Hall 1990, no. 84
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 253
Treasury 7, no. 1603

Exhibited:
Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–January 1995

The subject of chi dragons together with very similar designs in a range of other materials strongly suggests a courtly connection. If the carver did not work at the palace, it is likely that he nevertheless supplied the court; the works he produced are among the most exciting jet bottles with carved relief decoration.

The inscription, in elegant and convincing relief seal script, is an old phrase characterising the awesome might of a hero.

 

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