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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 193 

Lot 193

Lot 193
Treasury 5, no. 987 (‘Disappearing Chi’)

Transparent ruby-red, sapphire-blue, pale yellow, semi-transparent turquoise-blue, pale olive-green and milky white glass, with one or two scattered air bubbles of various sizes; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly concave foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of what appears to be five chi dragons, two formalized shou (‘longevity’) characters, and a formalized floral motif or another cloud
Height: 5.82 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.72/1.30 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; vinyl collar

Yi Lin Ko, Tianjin (1982)
Gerd Lester (1986)

JICSBS,March 1979, p. 14, fig. 5, centre (but the image is reversed)
Kleiner 1987, no. 117
Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, exhibition poster, October 1987
Treasury 5, no. 987

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

The decoration may imply an imperial product perhaps as early as the mid-Qianlong period, although a later date is entirely plausible. The carving and finishing are exemplary, as are the impeccable ground plane and crisply carved footrim. This furnishes an example in which the footrim is not in the overlay colour, representing an exception on early—and certainly courtly—bottles. We can identify few cameo-overlay bottles that we would confidently date to prior to the mid-Qianlong period lacking a contrasting foot, but several that could be dated to the latter part of the reign and into the early nineteenth century. It is possible that on courtly bottles the idea was established as fashionable by the production of the enamelled Guyue xuan group, where imperial white glass bottles were enamelled, sometimes over relief carving (see discussion under lot 232 in this sale). With this evolution in enamelling, the fancy neck and base borders that had been standard during the early part of the reign gave way to simpler borders, which were finally eliminated completely. This bottle somehow echoes the relief-carved enamelled wares of the group, with its crisp, simple design on a white ground, devoid of decoration above or below.


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