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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2014: Lot 11 

Lot 11

Lot 11
Treasury 5, no. 694 (‘Irish Queen’)

Transparent, bluish emerald-green glass, with one or two scattered air bubbles of various sizes; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded foot rim
1740 – 1860
Height: 3.9 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.50 cm
Stopper: glass; jadeite finial; vinyl collar

Wing Hing (1985)

Treasury 5, no. 694

Emerald-green is a colour derived mainly from copper or iron, although this distinctly blue version may derive from other colouring agents (a somewhat similar colour has been produced recently by a German glassworks using a mixture of chromium, iron, and cobalt). The unusual bluish tint to the emerald green in this example separates its colour from the usual range of emerald-coloured glass, although even the gemstone can be bluish in hue. Otherwise, there is nothing offering help in placing or dating it with great conviction. Of elegant form, it is superbly crafted, and its unusually dark bluish colour lends added distinction.


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