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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 7 

Lot 7

Lot 7
Treasury 5, no. 938 (‘Lotus-Wrapped Teardrop’)

Translucent milky white glass and transparent purplish sapphire-blue glass, the latter suffused with small air bubbles; with a flat lip and recessed flatfoot surrounded by a protruding irregular foot rim made up of elements of the design; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of a lotus plant, with two flowers, a seed pod, and a large leaf wrapped around one main side of the bottle
Height: 5.12 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.50/1.04 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; vinyl collar

Hugh M. Moss Ltd
Paula J. Hallett
Sotheby’s, New York, 27 June 1986, lot 20

Kleiner 1987,no. 111
Treasury 5, no. 938

Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, October 1987
Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993

Although subject and form are different, this example and Sale 1, lot 74, are obviously related. They display close similarities in respect of colour combination, polish, and even the relationship in size between the mouth and the diameter of the neck. The carving style is also similarly confident and well accomplished, with a very even ground plane and imaginative use of the lotus leaf wrapping one entire main side of the bottle, thus providing a partial, naturalistic foot rim. It also displays a fine artistic touch where the outer edges of the lotus leaf are cut more thinly than the centre and the folded edge, allowing the darker layer beneath to show through in a painterly ‘wash’ of darker colour. This not only accentuates the design but adds both greater depth and verisimilitude, since the outer edges of mature lotus leaves often change colour before they die.


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