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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 168 

Lot 168

Lot 168
Treasury 5, no. 916 (‘Fairy Felicitations’)

Transparent sapphire-blue and semi-transparent milky white glass, each with one or two small air bubbles; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of a butterfly flying over a rocky ground with lingzhi, bamboo, and flowering narcissus
Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1750-1790
Height: 6.64 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.73/1.43 cm
Stopper: carnelian of ‘official’s hat’ shape with integral finial and collar

Illustration: watercolour by Peter Suart

Paula J. Hallett
Hugh M. Moss Ltd, Hong Kong (1986)

Kleiner 1987, no. 86 and dust jacket, back cover
Orientations, 1 October 1987, p.43, no. 12
Galeries Lafayette 1990, p. 12, no. 8
Treasury 5, no. 916

Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, October 1987
Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993

This bottle is of much higher quality than the standard for similar works. The design is elegant, well composed around the form, and unusually well carved and finished. It also displays a lovely artistic touch in the treatment of the rocks where the overlay colour is cut through to the ground, lending depth to their serrated texture. The body is transparent, slightly opalescent, milky glass of a type found in enamelled glass from the palace workshops.

Blue is one of the more common colours for this group, along with ruby-red (usually appearing pink because of the relatively thin colour being laid over a white ground), and this is not only a standard palace form, but one often repeated in this group.


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