Meriem Collection Sale One / 655

The Meriem Collection. Lot 655

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**A BLUE OVERLAY TRANSPARENT GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1740-1790
Of flattened ovoid form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, carved
through the sapphire blue layer to the slightly milky, bubble-suffused ground on one
side with a fenghuang perched on one foot on a rock amidst bamboo, and on the reverse
with a pair of ducks swimming in a pond below overhanging lotus and millet plants,
with mask-and-ring handles on the narrow sides, tourmaline stopper
7.3 cm. high
$12,000-18,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

This bottle is typical of a series of early- to mid-Qing overlay bottles, which have very small mask and
ring handles, flared, very confident and crisp feet, and masterful carving against a bubble suffused,
milky ground. An indication of the early period is provided by the wide mouth and well rounded
carving with a degree of three-dimensionality.

The words for lotus (lian) and ducks (yazi) evoke the term lianjia which conveys a desire to be first
on the list for the three-level (district, provincial and capital) civil service examinations in succession
while the fenghuang and bamboo (zhu) stand for abundance (fengzu).

Compare with a blue overlay on bubble-suffused glass snuff bottle from the Bloch Collection
carved with a similar motif illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles,
Vol. 5, Glass, no. 928.
1740–1790

The Meriem Collection. Lot 655

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