Meriem Collection Sale One / 659

The Meriem Collection. Lot 659

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Of compressed ovoid form with a flat lip and recessed concave oval foot, the semi translucent
mottled stone shading from creamy-beige to a soft vermilion-red, stained
green agate stopper with coral finial and gilt-metal collar
5.7 cm. high

Red or orange chalcedony is referred to as carnelian, the warm tones resulting from the inclusion
of iron (in the form of haematite in the redder material, and limonite in the orangey-yellow
variety). Carnelian is often found in pebble form at ground level or in gravel deposits in the Arabian
and Egyptian deserts, India, Japan and China. In China, these deposits are found in the mineral-rich
Xinjiang province, which provided red chalcedony in a number of varieties.

This material was commonly used to produce a range of small, compressed ovoid bottles of a form
favored at Court during the Qing dynasty. For a smaller version of darker red color, see Moss,
Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 2, Quartz, no. 202.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 659

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