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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 96 

Lot 96

Lot 96
Treasury 5, no. 792 (‘Ruby Pouch’)

Transparent ruby-red glass, with a few sparsely scattered air bubbles of various sizes; with a flat lip and no foot
Height: 4.8 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.8/1.2 cm
Stopper: glass; glass collar
Related paraphernalia: gold stand

Robert Kleiner (1990)

Jutheau 1980, p. 60, no. 1, left
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 83
Treasury 5, no. 792

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March-June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994-February 1995

Whatever its origins, this is a delightful form, fascinating and satisfying from any angle. It does stand upright without support, but among a hoard of stands collected by Moss over the past forty years a small gold one was discovered that fitted this bottle as the glass slipper did Cinderella’s foot. Although now having the means to remain upright, originally it was almost certainly not intended to stand. The snuff-bottle foot seems to have been a standard feature from the very beginning, but bottles without a foot, including naturalistic shapes, must have gone hand in hand with the footed variety throughout the Qing dynasty.

The material here is of a particularly lovely ruby-red, both bright and clear.

Nothing about the form helps us to narrow the dating range, but we suspect that a Qianlong date is likely, while a Yongzheng one remains possible.


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