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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 143 

Lot 143

Lot 143
Treasury 5, no. 873 (‘A Little Longevity’)

Transparent ruby-red and translucent white glass; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding flattened footrim; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design, made up of identical elements on each main side continuing over onto the narrow sides, consisting of severed leafy branches with eight peaches, four on each branch
Height: 4.05 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.46/0.91 cm
Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

Zhirou Zhai Collection
Hugh M. Moss Ltd, Hong Kong (1993)

Kleiner 1995, no. 153
Treasury 5, no. 873

British Museum, London, June-October 1995
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July-November 1997

While this bottle appears closely related to Sale 5, lot 106, there are significant differences; this may be a little later in date. The style of carving here is less fluid and deliberately more formal than the other, where each peach is carefully considered and different, the views being more sophisticated and possibly drawn from life. Here, the scene of peach branches is more schematic and more decorative in intent. The peaches are more formalized, the two main ones on each side being identically arranged, leaning symmetrically away from each other, suggesting a graphic design rather than a life drawing of the fruit. The design on this bottle probably resulted from knowledge that the subject had been previously produced as birthday gifts and accepted appreciatively, thus causing it to be repeated as a more decorative idea, although once removed from its original inspiration and level of art. It might have been made at any time during the first half of the Qianlong period.


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