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Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 1 June 2015: Lot 23 

Lot 23

Lot 23
(‘The Zhirou Zhai Early Tourmaline’)
HK$100,000

Transparent, deep ruby-pink tourmaline; reasonably well hollowed and carved in the form of a section of bamboo culm, with a small spray of leaves growing from one node, with a pine tree and blossoming prunus tree growing alongside it
1780-1900
Height (including original stopper): 4.25 cm
Mouth: 0.43 cm
Stopper: two-colour tourmaline, of pink and green colour, carved as a cicada, the upper section green, the lower pink, acting as an integral collar; original

Provenance:
Zhirou Zhai Collection
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd

This is of unusually deep and even colour, and of relatively flawless material, for an early tourmaline bottle. It also has one of the loveliest and most imaginative of all original stoppers on any precious stone snuff bottle, with its lovely use of the two-colour material so typical of the mid Qing period. The subject is the Three Friends of Winter, the pine, prunus and bamboo, all of which flourish in the snow, symbolising good friendship that will prevail despite hard times.

 

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