Meriem Collection Sale One / 635

The Meriem Collection. Lot 635

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A SANDWICHED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1720-1850
Of compressed ovoid form with concave lip and slightly concave foot, the thick-walled
body with a rosy-pink inner layer and somewhat russet-hued outer layer, both mottled
creating cloud-like markings, glass stopper with gilt-metal collar
5.2 cm. high
$3,000-5,000

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

The shape of this bottle identifies it as one of a popular range which would have been moldblown,
and which were produced in large quantities at the Imperial workshops to be distributed as
gifts on regular occasions. However, what sets it apart from the usual range is the unique color.
The powdered glass would have been added to the surface of the inner layer and then scorched in
the furnace, melting the fragments before the outer layer was added. The manufacture of such
bottles would have been an adventure aesthetically, for although the glassmaker could control the
colors and their general disposition, the effects of the fire and blow-iron could not be predicted
with absolute certainty.
1720–1850

The Meriem Collection. Lot 635

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