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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 119 

Lot 119

Lot 119
Treasury 7, no. 1704 (‘Driven Message’)

Translucent, variegated reddish-brown and beige-brown chalcedony, soapstone, turquoise, red glass, gold, orange, cinnabar red, and black lacquer; the double-gourd-shaped bottle with a flared inner neck and protruding flat foot; carved with eight bulging faceted panels and embellished with a continuous design of four young boys climbing on two severed branches of formalized scrolling, flowering vines, with four butterflies in flight
Bottle: Probably imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, 1740–1820
Embellishment: Tsuda family, Kyoto, 1890–1941
Height: 6.23 cm
Diameter of neck rim: 1.5 cm (the inside neck curves out to meet the rim)
Stopper: glass

Christie’s, New York, 27 November 1991, lot 149

Arts of Asia, March-April 1992, p. 138
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 240
Kleiner 1995, no. 285
Treasury 7, no. 1704

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–January 1995
British Museum, London, June–October 1995
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

For the Tsuda family of embellishers, see Sale 4, lot 138. The original Chinese bottle here has all the features of a palace product of the Qianlong period, although there is no mark to exclude a slightly earlier or later date. The material, the double gourd shape, the faceting, and the flat outer neck rim are all typical, although the continuous flare to the inside of the neck is not. That probably represents a Japanese repair to a chipped mouth. The polish on the inside of the neck is different from that of the bottle and clearly reflects a later adjustment. As noted under Sale 3, lot 102, the original bottles most useful and profitable to the embellisher were those that had been damaged and were available at low cost.


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