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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 194 

Lot 194

Lot 194
Treasury 2, no. 348 (‘The Hallett Imperial Cylindrical Agate’)

Chalcedony; very well hollowed, with a rounded, flat-topped lip and a recessed, flat cylindrical foot surrounded by a rounded footrim
Probably imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1780–1830
Height: 5.74 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.56/1.2 cm
Stopper: pearl; coral collar

Hugh Moss
Paula J. Hallett
Sotheby’s, New York, 27 June 1986, lot 40

Kleiner 1987, no. 143
Treasury 2, no. 348

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

This exquisite little masterpiece is one of a small series of roughly cylindrical stone bottles. Two more were in this collection, both with the hall marks of mid-Qing princes (Sale 5, lot 77, and Treasury 2, no. 359). These princes would presumably have had access to the palace workshops or might have received gifts produced at them from the emperor. Apart from the bottles’ stunning formal integrity, hollowing, detailing, and finish, each has a small neck rim, a typical palace workshops feature on jade bottles.

Although this may date from the last decade or two of the eighteenth century, the most likely date appears to be the early nineteenth century.


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