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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 58 

Lot 58

Lot 58
Treasury 5, no. 741 (‘Equal Partners’)

Transparent greenish and turquoise-blue glass with a more milky inner layer, with one or two scattered air bubbles; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat foot rim
Height: 5.8 cm
Mouth/lip: 1.16/2.10 cm
Stopper: carnelian; ivory collar

Robert Hall (1984)

Treasury 5, no. 741

This example is, from a technical perspective, akin to an uncarved overlay. A bird’s-eye view reveals an outer, more transparent layer over an inner, milkier version of a similar colour, although the inner layer seems to fade out towards the centre of the form.

Although this is definitely a hardstone form, which might have been made by a carver of hardstone bottles, the concentric ring round the mouth proves it was blown. This conclusion is supported by the bubble-shaped interior, which the lapidary has made no attempt to match with his more symmetrical, formally perfect exterior shape.

Of a rare and an extremely attractive colour, this bottle is formally impeccable (allowing for the artistic choice by which the glassblower’s bubble of air is not matched to the lapidary-finished exterior form), with a fine, wide mouth and as confidently carved a foot rim as could be desired.


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