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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 91 

Lot 91

Lot 91
Treasury 5, no. 833 (‘Peacock Dragons’)
HK$112,500

Transparent peacock-blue glass with scattered air bubbles of various sizes, some elongated; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding rounded foot rim; carved with a continuous design of four chi dragons, two disposed on each main side
Attributable to the imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1740-1820
Height: 6.38 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.80/1.61 cm
Stopper: glass, carved with a coiled chi dragon; glass collar

Provenance:
Robert Chow, Hong Kong (1978)
Guo’an Collection (no. 283)
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 30 October 2000, lot 505

Published:
Ann Kreuger, ‘Kinesiska snusflaskor,’ Antik & Auktion, October 1989, p. 64
Treasury 5, no. 833

The distinctive and rare colour range represented by this bottle links it to another small group, including Sale 5, lot 128 and one from the Franz Collection bearing a facsimile of a poem by the Ming painter Tang Yin 唐寅 (1470 – 1523) copied by the emperor in 1793 (Franz 2011, no. 439). An attribution to the imperial glassworks for the entire group is sensible.

The style of carving of the chi dragons here would accord well with a mid- to late Qianlong dating, although we have allowed the broader date range as on Sale 5, lot 128. We detect the slightest hint of an undulating ground plane, showing some carving marks, but the carving of the relief plane is excellent, with dragons as vital and fluently depicted as we would expect of what is surely an imperial carving from the height of the Qing glass-carvers’ art. The vibrant, unusual colour is as impressive as ever, this example representing the darker end of the range for this distinctive peacock-blue.

 

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