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The Meriem Collection. Lot 627

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**A RED OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1750-1820
Of compressed ovoid form with flat lip and foot formed by the grapevine, finely carved
through the transparent red layer to the clear ground suffused with tiny bubbles with an
all over design of playful squirrels clambering on a grapevine that continues under the
foot, jadeite stopper with vinyl collar
5.4 cm. high
$6,000-8,000

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.

As squirrels have large litters, the depiction of a squirrel with trailing vines may be a visual rebus for
a wish for many sons and the continuation of the family line, the winding vines representing the
family lineage. It has also been suggested that the squirrel and grape-vine motif conveys a wish for
promotion to a higher rank. This bottle is probably from the second half of the Qianlong period,
still echoing the bold, substantial, well-rounded carving of the earlier eighteenth century Palace
workshops. For a later red overlay white glass snuff bottle with similar subject, see Sotheby’s, Hong
Kong, 28 October 1992, lot 326.
1750–1820

The Meriem Collection. Lot 627

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