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The Meriem Collection. Lot 643

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**A MOSS AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
1740-1850
Of compressed spherical form with concave lip and recessed oval foot surrounded by a
footrim, the stone with dark green moss-like inclusions densely grouped on one side
before intermingling with thread-like inclusions of golden-ochre color on one narrow
side and the other main side, coral-colored glass stopper with gilt-metal collar
6 cm. high
$2,000-3,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Potter’s Gallery, Vancouver.

Dendritic chalcedony of the type known as “moss agate” is characterized by a series of seaweed like
markings spread irregularly throughout the material. These markings are more commonly
green, but as in the present example, may also be yellowish-gold, red or blue. Here they are so
dense that the material verges on jasper.

The colorful, variegated markings provide a wealth of potential for the Chinese love of abstract
markings capable of transformation through imagination into a myriad subjects. The spectacular
coloring and markings make this one of the most exciting bottles of its type.
1740–1850

The Meriem Collection. Lot 643

Hugh Moss |