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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part X  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 45 

Lot 45

Lot 45
Treasury 2, no. 239 (‘The Three Abundances Purse’)

Chalcedony; very well hollowed, with a flat lip and flat foot, carved in the form of a purse gathered at the neck, the narrow sides inscribed in seal script Duofu duoshou 多福多壽 (‘Abundant happiness and longevity’) and Changyi zisun 長宜子孫 (‘Bring harmony to sons and grandsons forever’)
Probably imperial, possibly palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1830
Height: 6.3 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.78/2.28 and 1.86 cm (rounded rectangular)
Stopper: tourmaline; brass collar

Zhirou Zhai Collection
Hugh M. Moss Ltd (1993)

Treasury 2, no. 239
Gugong bowuyuan 2000, no. 109

Palace Museum, Beijing, 2000

This is a fairly standard form, with the tightly gathered opening, a rounded rectangular lip, and the pleats of the purse running up into the lip and downwards to about the mid-point of the body of the bottle. It has superb hollowing and detailing and lovely finishing. It also has the rare feature of inscriptions down each narrow side. These are in a style frequently used on bottles meant to appeal to the sentiments of the official classes (hence our former use of the term ‘Official School’; see discussion under Sale 7, lot 65 and Sale 9, lot 48), and are cut in the same distinctive manner as Sale 4, lot 51 and Sale 6, lot 116, for instance. This bottle may have been made at the imperial workshops, and perhaps at the palace.


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