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The Meriem Collection. Lot 625

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**A RARE AND FINELY CARVED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
1760-1820
Of well-hollowed cylindrical form with flat lip and countersunk
flat foot, rounded shoulder, cylindrical neck and lipped rim, the
translucent stone of pale greyish-white color with faint cloudlike
markings, coral stopper with integral finial
6.4 cm. high
$8,000-12,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd, 1975.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

This exquisite masterpiece of formal integrity, hollowing, detailing and
finish, is part of a small series of tapering cylindrical agate bottles. Each
has a small, outer neckrim, a typical feature of the Palace Workshops, as
well as a neatly recessed flat, circular footrim. Other examples include
one in the Bloch Collection (illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A
Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 2, Quartz, no. 358, which bears
the mark Yijin Zhai (The Studio where Imperial Favor is Appreciated) and
was made for Prince Yongxing (1752-1823), and another formerly from
the Alice McReynolds Collection (Sotheby’s, New York, 16 April 1985,
lot 103).
1760–1820

The Meriem Collection. Lot 625

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