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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1028 

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Treasury 5, no.775 (‘Crowning Glory’)

Opaque brown glass streaked with darker brown and cinnabar-red; with a slightly concave lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded foot rim; the narrow sides carved with mask-and-ring handles
Height: 5.49 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.65/1.12 cm
Stopper: pearl; coral collar

Robert Hall (1993)

Kleiner 1995, no. 132
Treasury 5, no.775

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

This bottle is definitely blown, as proven by the concentricity of the swirling pattern around the mouth. In common with Sale 1, lot 72, the only areas of glass to appear translucent are those where the mask-and-ring handles have been cut into the existing thickness of wall, rendering it sufficiently thin to transmit a small amount of light.

The rings of the handles are elongated, as they were on Sale 2, lot 7, although not to the same extent, and the beast’s heads are similarly eccentric. While we agree that Kleiner’s attribution of this bottle to the imperial glassworks is likely, we would date this example, together with Sale 2, lot 7 and for similar reasons, as mid-Qing rather than any earlier.

This bottle has a gorgeous old stopper with an unusually thick coral collar holding the pearl. Because of the relative plainness of the bottle and the absence of any reasonable interpretive potential in the markings in the glass, which are barely visible to the naked eye, the stopper here plays a much more influential role in the formal equation than was the case in Sale 2, lot 7. That stopper was a pleasant and unobtrusive complement to the exuberance of the swirling patterns of contrasting glass, however fine it may be in its own right. Like offstage accompaniment to a dancer, it demands attention only if a wrong note is played; here it is playing its accompaniment in the beam of the spotlight, and with every bit as much gusto as its dancing partner.


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