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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2014: Lot 35 

Lot 35

Lot 35
Treasury 5, no. 709 (‘Cinnabar Clouds’)

Opaque, variegated cinnabar–red, mahogany-brown, and dark brown glass; with a flat lip and slightly concave oval foot
1730 – 1830
Height: 4.92 cm
Mouth/lip: 1.12/1.51 cm
Stopper: coral; gilt-bronze collar

Sotheby’s (PB84), New York (circa 1977)
Gerd Lester (1986)

Treasury 5, no. 709

Although using some of the colours of realgar glass, striated material such as this might equally have been inspired by carnelian or by jasper, which can be found in this colour range.

As with Sale 4, lot 107, this is an unusually light-weight glass bottle, with very thin walls and a mouth even wider than that one. Such width of mouth always gives a bottle a certain presence, and here it graces a simple but lovely form made from an intriguing material.


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