Meriem Collection Sale One / 652

The Meriem Collection. Lot 652

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**A BIOTITE-SPLASHED SANDWICHED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
1720-1820
Of compressed ovoid form with flat lip, recessed convex foot surrounded by a footrim
and slightly waisted neck, the milky, pale blue translucent body with flakes of gold colored
biotite and blue mottling throughout beneath the transparent upper layer,
jadeite stopper with glass collar
6.4 cm. high
$3,000-5,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Potter’s Gallery, Vancouver.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

The flakes of biotite in the present lot are a form of mica, which is sprinkled as tiny flakes onto the
inner layer of glass. This technique was almost certainly introduced by the Bavarian, Kilian Stumpf,
who was director of the Imperial Glassworks from its inception in 1696 until he died in 1720.

This type of mica is found in the Bavarian forests and was used in Bavarian glass-making. For a
discussion of the technique, and another example of this rare type, see Moss, Graham, Tsang,
A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 724. Along with the mica, ground fragments
of blue glass were also sandwiched between the two layers of glass here.
1720–1820

The Meriem Collection. Lot 652

Hugh Moss |