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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part V  
Bonham's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2012: Lot 56 

Lot 56


Lot 56
Treasury 2, no. 244 (‘The Carnelian Longevity Peach’)

A carnelian ‘peach’ snuff bottle

Carnelian; well hollowed and carved in the form of a peach decorated in relief with a severed branch from which grows a smaller peach, clumps of leaves and a single blossom
Possibly school of the Rustic Crystal Master, 1740–1880
Height: 4.9 cm
Mouth: 0.5 cm
Stopper: jadeite, carved as a fan-tailed goldfish set on a peach growing from a leafy branch

Mrs. M. A. Robertson
Sotheby’s, London, 24 June 1975, lot 6
Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
Arthur Gadsby

Treasury 2, no. 244

Our only clue to origin with this bottle is the style of carving, which is similar to a group of fruit-form bottles that can be associated with the school of the Rustic Crystal Master (see discussion under Treasury 2, no. 254, and for a double gourd and a Buddha’s-hand fruit of similar style, see Moss 1971, p. 34, figs. 78 and 79). This is part of the wide range of quartz materials used by the school, and the combination of beautifully sculpted, well-finished, rounded detail with low relief carving with a slightly rudimentary finish is typical. This can be seen by looking closely at the flower, which is well enough carved but leaves the surrounding area rather roughly finished. The material is a delightful piece of chalcedony where a rather crystalline-looking pinkish-grey material blushes deep red in one area where the smaller peach is carved, cleverly setting it apart from the rest in cameo fashion.

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