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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1003 

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Treasury 2, no. 291 (‘The Fisherman’s Reward Agate’)

Dendritic agate; very well hollowed; with a slightly concave lip and slightly concave foot surrounded by a broad, flat foot rim; the natural markings in the stone edited on one side to create a scene of a fisherman standing in a sampan grasping a fish at the end of his line beneath the sun and on the other with three fan-tailed goldfish in a lotus pond represented by a single lotus flower
Official School, 1750–1850
Height: 5.99 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.82/2.20 and 2.15 cm (oval)
Stopper: coral; turquoise finial; vinyl collar

Kaynes-Klitz Collection
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 16 November 1989, lot 74

Arts of Asia, September–October 1990, p. 94
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 228
Oriental Art, Spring 1994, p. 36
JICSBS, Autumn 1997, p. 10
Treasury 2, no. 291

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

Another of the extraordinary and rare silhouette bottles with an equally powerful design on each main side, this bottle is even more appealing because those designs are achieved in different colours and by minimal editing of the contours of the material. On the side with three fish, two of them, along with the lotus flower, use a thin plane of unusual dendritic red colouring, while the third fish is imaginatively carved in matching very low relief from a slightly speckled area of the ground that differs from the other ground colour very subtly. The more prominent colour is so evenly marked and so un-tree or fern-like that it barely qualifies as dendritic.

The other side, with the fisherman landing his catch in a sampan, is a masterly depiction full of vigour and of startling clarity. It is taken from a thin plane of beautifully marked reddish-brown agate whose swirling colours add immensely to the vitality of the scene.

The facial details of the fisherman and the simple incised rings for the fishes’ eyes suggest that this is part of the broad group of bottles represented by Sale 1, lot 49.


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