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The Meriem Collection. Lot 607

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A BLUE-AND-WHITE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, GUANGXU FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF
THE PERIOD (1875-1908)
Of flattened spherical form with recessed oval foot surrounded by a footrim, decorated
in underglaze blue with a continuous scene of mountain-backed tile-roofed buildings
nestled amidst trees along the shore of a river that continues on the other main side
where a boatman steers his boat towards the opposite shore where a scholar stands
watching, with a band of formalized lingzhi-heads encircling the neck, the foot inscribed
in underglaze-blue regular script Guangxu nianzhi (Made in the Guangxu period),
carnelian stopper with silver collar
6 cm. high
$3,500-4,500

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

By the Guangxu period, porcelain production at Jingde Zhen was in decline, and thus the
exceptional quality of the present example makes it a rarity. The shape and style of painting are
reminiscent of the first half of the nineteenth century, being based on Daoguang porcelain bottles;
the only feature that sets it apart is the quality of the cobalt used in the underglaze-blue
decoration. This bottle demonstrates, however, that there was continued production of fine
porcelain bottles till the last decades of the nineteenth century. It is also very rare to find blue-andwhite
snuff bottles with a Guangxu mark.

Similar painting can be seen on an iron-red-decorated Daoguang-marked snuff bottle, formerly
from the J & J Collection, and sold in these rooms, 29 March 2006, lot 26.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 607

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