Meriem Collection Sale One / 654

The Meriem Collection. Lot 654

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A RUSSET AND PALE GREYISH-GREEN JADE PEBBLE SNUFF BOTTLE
1750-1860
Of asymmetrical, rounded-rectangular form with flat lip and recessed concave foot, with
one flat, somewhat irregular side highlighted by retained deep russet skin, dark green
jade stopper of conforming outline
6 cm. high
$1,000-1,500

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

There is a distinctive group of snuff bottles, dated to the mid-Qing, made of white nephrite with
only the natural russet-brown skin of the pebble as decoration. It would appear that the raw
material used in the manufacture of these bottles would have been cut from a fairly large boulder
or pebble, since the curve of the boulder may be guessed at by the disposition of the russet skin.

The skin on the present lot has a sumptuous texture and brilliant color, and the material has been
enhanced by the flat plane of one side, perfectly complemented by the stopper carved to fit. See
three very similar bottles, a pair from the collection of Edith Griswold, illustrated by L.S. Perry,
Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Adventures & Studies of a Collector, p. 106, nos. 88-9, and another in
The Au Hang Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, p. 78, no. 98.
1750–1860

The Meriem Collection. Lot 654

Hugh Moss |