Meriem Collection Sale One / 631

The Meriem Collection. Lot 631

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**A WELL-CARVED RED OVERLAY BUBBLE-SUFFUSED COLORLESS GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1730-1780
Of compressed ovoid form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim,
carved through the transparent red layer with a continuous design of two chi dragons
with coiled, sinuous bodies issuing vapor from their mouths as they writhe amidst
further vapor that rises up one of the narrow sides from a third chi dragon whose tail
forms the oval foot rim, jadeite stopper with vinyl collar
6.4 cm. high
$7,000-9,000

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.

The Imperial attribution of this bottle is based on two main features - firstly, the use of ruby-red
glass, which was probably an Imperial prerogative for the earlier part of the eighteenth century,
but in any case was an Imperial staple, and secondly, the chi dragon design, which was a very
popular motif used at court.

This bottle is typical of Beijing output, and the beasts are extremely well composed and carved,
with an exceptional quality of finish. An example with very similar carving of the amber-brown
overlay on an amber glass ground, formerly in the J & J Collection and illustrated by Moss,
Graham and Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, no. 46, was sold
in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 48.
1730-1780

The Meriem Collection. Lot 631

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