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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1056 

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Treasury 5, no.917 (‘Fertile Link’)

Transparent green glass streaked with cinnabar-red, and translucent white glass; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding flat foot rim; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of a pond growing with lotus plants and arrowroot
Attributable to the imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1750-1790
Height: 4.55 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.65/1.07 cm
Stopper: glass, carved with a formalized shou (‘longevity’) character; glass collar

Yi Lin Ko, Tientsin (1982)
Gerd Lester (1986)

Kleiner 1987, no. 87
Treasury 5, no.917

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993

While Sale 6, lot 168 was very obviously an outstanding example of the core group of these palace bottles, the same cannot be said of this one. It indicates a shift towards a more fringe style for the group.

The carving here is well rounded, finished to a high standard, and displays impressive artistry, but it betrays a hint of the uneven ground plane typical of the broader imperial group to which we link it. In addition, although it has a foot rim—and a crisply cut one at that—the colour is not confined neatly to it, but spreads onto the foot itself.


This is not the Sotheby’s sale catalogue. This is a product of Hugh Moss for the purposes of this website. For the catalogue details please refer to Sotheby’s website or request a copy of a printed sale catalogue from Sotheby’s.


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