Meriem Collection Sale One / 668

The Meriem Collection. Lot 668

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**A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON-RED SEAL SCRIPT AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
Of compressed spherical form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim,
one side decorated with an attendant standing outside the arched entry of a walled
compound where an elderly scholar sits at a table in his study rising above the outer
walls, all in a setting of trees and blue-green rocks that continues onto the reverse where
an eight-character inscription, Xingyue jiaojie/Minghe zaitian (“The stars and the moon
shine brightly and clearly and the Milky Way hangs in the sky”), is written above and to
the side of another tree and bamboo, the foot inscribed with a four-character mark in
iron-red seal script reading Daoguang nian zhi (Made in the Daoguang period), iron-red
decorated porcelain stopper with gilt-metal collar
5.4 cm. high
$4,000-5,000

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

Enameled porcelain bottles of the Daoguang period are characterized by a wide range of subject
matter, among which many are narrative in character. The design on this bottle was a standard
Imperial type for the period, depicting a scholar burning the midnight oil. Three others of this
design but of varying shapes remain in the Imperial Collection in Beijing; see Snuff Bottles, The
Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, nos. 336, 339 and 362. See also one in
H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, no. 300; one in D. Low, More Treasures from the Sanctum of
Enlightened Respect, no. 173; and one from the Kardos Collection.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 668

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