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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2014: Lot 130 

Lot 130

Lot 130
Treasury 1, no. 161(‘The Black Jade Teardrop’)
HK$47,500

Black Hardstone (possibly nephrite); very well hollowed, with a concave lip and flat foot
1730–1860
Height: 4.47 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.50/1.58 cm
Stopper: glass; vinyl collar

Provenance:
Robert Hall (1985)

Published:
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 32
Elle Decoration (Hong Kong), 11, February – March 1994, p. 54, fig. 2
Treasury 1, no. 161

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

This bottle appears to be of the same material as Treasury 6, no. 160, and no. 58 in the J & J Collection (Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, p. 102). The puzzling material is discussed under no. 160, as is the relationship between these three bottles. In this case, the term ‘flawless’ is omitted because a series of fine concentric striations is just visible on one side, curving in a broad arc between the two narrow sides across one face of the bottle.

There is another difference. Viewed separately, even in quick succession, the tonality of this bottle and that of no. 160 might appear to be of almost the same jet-black hue, but when placed side by side, no. 160 shows up as distinctly black, whereas this example is of a warmer, almost brownish-black shade. Such a distinction is too fine for an ordinary photograph to record reliably, but it is clearly visible to the naked eye.

 

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