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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part V  
Bonham's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2012: Lot 42 

Lot 42

 
   

Lot 42
Treasury 1, no. 25 (‘Joy of the Fish’)
HK$225,000

A pale green and russet nephrite pebble-material 'fish' snuff bottle

Nephrite of pebble material; very well hollowed and with a recessed foot; carved with two fan-tailed goldfish and a carp among aquatic plants
1770–1880
Height: 6.5 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.54/1.66 cm
Stopper: coral; gilt-bronze collar

Provenance:
Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
Kurt Graf Blücher von Wahlstatt (Count Blücher)
Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
Robert Hall (1984)

Published:
Moss 1971a, no. 13 and front cover
Kleiner 1987, no. 47
Treasury 1, no. 25

Exhibited:
Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993

Although of the same material as that commonly used by the Master of the Rocks school, the style of carving and the rather glittery polish here are quite different. The skin has been used with great imagination by the carver. The formal qualities of the bottle are exceptional: an elegant, compressed pear-shape, flaring slightly at the neck, very crisply carved foot, and perfect formal integrity. It is also very well hollowed.

 

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