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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 November 2013: Lot 45 

Lot 45

Lot 45
Treasury 3, no. 416 (‘The Long Lapis Lazuli’)
HK$60,000

Lapis lazuli; adequately but not extensively hollowed, with a flat lip and concave foot
1770–1880
Height: 7.7 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.63/1.34 cm
Stopper: coral; gilt-bronze collar

Provenance:
New York Antiques Show (1979)
Gerd Lester (1986)

Published:
Treasury 3, no. 416

This snuff bottle is impossible to attribute with any confidence. Although we know the court produced bottles from precious stones from at least the Yongzheng period and probably through to the end of the dynasty, we have no idea to what extent bottles in lapis lazuli, aquamarine, sapphire, ruby, and other more precious materials were also made for a private market. The court cannot have had a monopoly on these materials, but lapis lazuli came from the mines of a Bukharan khanate (Badakhshan) that was notably unstable, and the fact that most of the lapis lazuli that reached China was apparently in the form of beads for rosaries indicates that a piece large enough to be carved into a snuff bottle would have commanded a very high price.

 

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