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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 105 

Lot 105

Lot 105
Treasury 5, no. 754 (‘Studying Antiquity’)

Transparent, bluish emerald-green glass with a few scattered air bubbles, and with surface inclusions of aventurine-glass, with red pigment; with a flat lip and a concave foot, the foot inscribed in seal script, Xuegu tang (‘Hall for the Study of Antiquity’), filled with red pigment
Height: 4.9 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.71/1.4 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; gilt-silver collar

Robert Kleiner (1999)

Treasury 5, no. 754

This is a rare example of a distinctly bluish emerald green, distinguishing it from the standard range of emerald-green glass. It is formally delightful, with a compressed ovoid shape and elegantly flared neck, making it one of the most attractive of gold-splashed, coloured-glass bottles.

The neat concavity of the foot bears the studio name ‘Hall for the Study of Antiquity’ in confidently inscribed seal script. There were several places in China with this name, but this is an imperial type of bottle, made to the standards of the court glassworks and inscribed in the same manner as palace reign marks, so this bottle is obviously associated with the Hall for the Study of Antiquity in the Jingyi yuan (now Xiangshan Park) near Beijing. The Jingyi yuan underwent major development as a secondary palace starting in 1745, and the Hall for the Study of Antiquity was probably built sometime in the next decade or so, because the Qianlong emperor wrote poems (twenty-three in all) on the hall from 1759 to 1795.


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