Meriem Collection Sale One / 664

The Meriem Collection. Lot 664

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Of compressed ovoid form with flat lip and flat oval foot, the pink-hued, transparent
outer and inner layers decorated with random speckles of translucent yellow, blue and
pink, green glass stopper with integral frog-form glass finial
5.1 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Hall, London.

Sandwiching different colors of ground glass between two layers of clear glass was a technique
used in snuff bottle production from early in the snuff bottle period to late in the Qing dynasty,
and large numbers of these bottles were produced at the Imperial glassworks for distribution on a
grand scale as gifts. Apart from the distinctive sandwiched technique of containing the main
decorative scheme between two layers of glass, they were apparently all blown into two-part
molds and are often of this simple form.

The profusion of these sandwiched glass bottles and their inclusion in most early collections would
seem to suggest that they were readily available from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 664

Hugh Moss |