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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 182 

Lot 182

Lot 182
Treasury 5, no. 886 (‘Chesty Chi’)

Transparent ruby-red and colourless glass, with a few scattered, small air bubbles; with a flat lip and deeply recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; carved as a single overlay with an identical chi dragon design on each main side, each with a long, curled, elephantine nose
Height: 5.15 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.55/1.12 cm
Stopper: chalcedony; silver collar

Robert Hall (1992)

Treasury 5, no. 886

There seems to have been a trend at the court during the mid-Qianlong period for enamelling on colourless glass, and in respect to enamelling we can attribute and date wares more easily than is the case with glass. Very few examples of painted enamels on colourless glass can be dated to much before the mid-1760s, whereas it seems to have become a popular standard at this time. A parallel may exist in overlay-glass production. Although rare earlier examples exist, a crystal-clear colourless ground for cameo overlays may have become more fashionable during the mid-Qianlong period and thereafter. The slightly careless matching of the overlay colour to the footrim, where the red runs out a millimetre before reaching the base of the bottle, may be yet another indication of a mid-Qing date.

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