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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 49 

Lot 49

Lot 49
Treasury 2, no. 201 (‘The Galaxy Macaroni Agate’)
HK$18,750

Agate; very well hollowed, with a flat lip and shallowly recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat foot rim with rounded edges
1760–1880
Height: 5.78 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.85/2 and 1.89 cm (oval)
Stopper: coral; stained walrus ivory and bronze double collar

Provenance:
Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 29 April 1992, lot 531

Published:
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 212
Treasury 2, no. 201

Exhibited:
Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

This type of stone is popularly called ‘macaroni-agate’ among Western collectors. The Chinese name for it is dengcao ma’nao 燈草瑪瑙 (lamp-wick agate), because its patterns resemble the squiggly white pith of the dengxin cao 燈心草 (‘lamp-wick grass’, Juncus effuses; ‘soft rush’), which is used in Chinese medicine.

Wherever it came from as a raw material, it was evidently popular from the latter part of the eighteenth century onwards and seems to have been considered sufficiently fascinating as a material in its own right as to rarely have encouraged more embellishment than the occasional pair of mask-and-ring handles.

Here the bottle is well formed and detailed, with excellent and extensive hollowing and good formal integrity.

 

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