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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 72 

Lot 72

Lot 72
(Hall of Models for Emulation)
HK$225,000

Semi-transparent honey-brown chalcedony; well hollowed and of cylindrical form with a flat lip and flat foot; the waisted neck with four ‘S’-shaped handles, the foot engraved in seal script Kaisu tang 楷素堂 (‘Hall of Models for Emulation’)
1760 – 1860
Height: 6.27 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.58/1.22 cm
Stopper: jadeite

Provenance:
Edward T. Chow
Sotheby’s, London, 9 June 1981, lot 165
White Wings Collection
Robert Kleiner, September 1998

Published:
Kleiner 1997, no. 101

There is an obvious affinity between this chalcedony bottle of plain honey colour and the series of imperial bottles from the late-Qianlong represented by Sale 7, lot 80; Sale 8, lot 1075; Sale 9, lot 142; and the mid-Qing princely bottle of Sale 5, lot 77.

There is another, almost identical bottle in the Franz Collection; it is of paler material, suggesting the owner of the hall had more than one made to present to friends as gifts, following the pattern of the Guyue xuan of the Qianlong emperor, which name occurred on a large number of snuff bottles to be distributed. See Franz 2013, pp. 66 and 213, no. 586. Despite the fact that we think we are now reading the hall name correctly, no information has been found about it or its owner.

 

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