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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1002 

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Treasury 5, no.877 (‘Welcome Leaves’)

Transparent ruby-red glass and milky glass, suffused with air bubbles of various sizes, including a few large ones, some elongated; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded foot rim; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of formalized plantain leaves, the neck with a band of similar leaves pointing in the opposite direction
Height: 6.12 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.7/2.0 cm
Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

Marian Mayer (collection no.155)
Richard Bourne, Hyannis, Maine, 14 December 1988, lot 198

Hall 1989, no. 48
Treasury 5, no.877

J. J. Lally & Co., New York, October 1989

Stones and solid blocks of glass were sometimes sent from Beijing to Suzhou for carving; one suspects that glass overlay blanks could have been handled in the same fashion. However, we have yet to discover confirmation in the archives that this was the case.

That question aside, the rarity and mastery displayed by this bottle are not in question. The unique design is both bold and impressive, with its almost all-encompassing overlay revealing the lower plane only round the shoulders as a stark contrast, offset imaginatively by a single band of pendant plantain leaves ringing the upper neck.


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