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The Meriem Collection. Lot 657

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**AN UNUSUAL BLUE OVERLAY GREEN GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1750-1800
Of compressed, elongated oval form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a
footrim, carved through the opaque blue layer to the bubble-suffused semi-transparent
green ground with two writhing chi dragons with upturned heads and long trifurcated
tails that trail down the narrow sides, coral stopper with vinyl collar
7.3 cm. high
$8,000-12,000

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.

The chilong is possibly the most popular design on early glass overlays, and is one of the most
difficult of beasts to date through the evolution of its style alone. This color combination is an
extremely rare one, although many of the same subject are known in other color combinations, the
most common being ruby-red on colorless or white glass.

Compare a similar bottle with blue overlay on a snowflake ground in the Denis Low Collection and
illustrated by R. Kleiner, Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, pl. 96; another
formerly in the J & J Collection and sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 20; one formerly from
the collection of Jean and Saviere Pigoreau and illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Robert Hall,
Chinese Snuff Bottles III, p. 13, no. 3; and two more illustrated in Snuff Bottles. The Complete
Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, pl. 67, with dark blue overlay on green glass, and
pl. 68 for an example with red overlay on colorless glass. Another unusual color combination of
yellow overlay on red glass is also in the Imperial Collection (ibid., no. 58).
1750–1800

The Meriem Collection. Lot 657

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