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The Meriem Collection. Lot 610

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**A RARE GUYUE XUAN ENAMELED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO YANGZHOU, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON-RED SEAL
SCRIPT AND LATE IN THE PERIOD, 1775-1799
Of elongated ovoid form with slightly concave foot, the translucent white glass bottle
delicately painted with a grasshopper seated on one of a cluster of pinks growing with
another plant with long leaves arching over onto the other main side where two
butterflies hover above a Guyue Xuan seal mark inscribed in iron-red enamel lower on
the body, the foot inscribed in iron-red enamel seal script, Qianlong nian zhi (Made in
the Qianlong period), tourmaline stopper with gilt-silver collar
7 cm. high
$16,000-20,000

For a discussion on the Yangzhou school and its production of wares for the Court, see the
footnote to lot 690. The subject is known on classic Yangzhou glass overlay bottles of the mid-
Qing period, and the painterly style and genre scenes are typical of the town.

See H. Moss, “Mysteries of the Ancient Moon”, JICSBS, Spring 2006, where the group attributed
to Yangzhou is discussed on pp. 31 and 32 with several illustrated examples. The style of painting
is quite different from most of the court wares, and the enamels were used in a thinner, more
painterly manner than most of their Beijing counterparts. When the Qianlong reign mark was
used at Yangzhou it was always a four-character, seal-script version, usually written in a single,
horizontal line although some are four-square. What is extremely rare is to find the Qianlong mark
used in combination with the Guyue Xuan mark which is incorporated here into the painting. The
use of both names may indicate that the artist was aware that he was producing one of the rarest
forms, and finest paintings of the entire school.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 610

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