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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1077 

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Lot 1077
Treasury 5, no.924 (‘First Rank’)

Transparent sapphire-blue glass and transparent, slightly milky glass suffused with small air bubbles; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding flat foot rim; carved as a single overlay, one main side with a fenghuang perched on a bamboo plant in a grove with a protruding rock formation, the other with a crane on a rocky promontory, set in formalized waves with lingzhi sprouting from it, with formalized clouds above
Height: 6.72 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.85/1.55 cm
Stopper: aventurine-glass; pearl finial; plastic collar

Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (prior to 1972)
Heflene Collection
Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong (1985)

Kleiner 1995, no. 152
Treasury 5, no.924

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

The approach to the subject here is more detailed than was the case with Sale 2, lot 69 and Sale 7, lot 137, but stylistically it has much in common with them, and is certainly from the same general group. The style of carving of the bamboo leaves is very similar, although they are not so regularly clustered. On its last outing a possible Kangxi date was suggested for this bottle, but if any one of the group represented by this and the previous three examples were Kangxi, there would appear to be an unusually large number of Kangxi glass overlay bottles extant, all in remarkably good condition. Were they as early as the Kangxi period, we would expect to find far fewer, and a great many more of them with crizzling.

In an apparent moment of lapidary whimsy, the ample foot rim here has been cut so that the outer two-thirds is in the overlay colour while the remainder is in the ground colour. There was sufficient blue to have achieved a neatly defined foot rim of acceptable width of a single colour, so this is certainly not an instance of the artist running out of colour, as may have been the case with Sale 7, lot 137. It clearly represents a conscious choice to fashion an idiosyncratic foot rim, and we know of no other like it.


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