Meriem Collection Sale One / 634

The Meriem Collection. Lot 634

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Decorated in underglaze blue with a five-clawed, scaly dragon, its undulating body
encircling the cylindrical body as it pursues a flaming pearl, with a waisted neck and
flared rim, the flat unglazed foot carved with concentric circles, pierced gilt-bronze
7.8 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.

This unusual bottle belongs to a well-known group of early blue-and-white cylindrical bottles
which was inspired by columns in the Palace wrapped in dragon-rugs so that the apparently
disassociated segments of the dragon’s body on the rugs join to make a coherent design when
wrapped around the column. These bottles appear to have been first produced in the last decades
of the eighteenth century as an Imperial group - confirmed as in this example by the standard use
of five-clawed dragons - and probably continued into the early-nineteenth century. A common
feature of these “dragon pillar” bottles is the biscuit foot cut with concentric circles found here.
This is one of the earliest groups of Imperial blue-and-white porcelain snuff bottles.

A bottle with a very similar design is illustrated in The Au Hang Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles,
p. 198, no. 268, and another with a crackled ground is illustrated by L.S. Perry, Chinese Snuff
Bottles, The Adventures & Studies of a Collector, p. 79, no. 57.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 634

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