Meriem Collection Sale One / 673

The Meriem Collection. Lot 673

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**A RED OVERLAY GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
ATTRIBUTED TO BEIJING, 1770-1840
Of flattened, elongated oval form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by a
footrim, carved through the transparent red layer to the translucent milky-white ground
with a chi dragon flying in pursuit of a flaming pearl amidst flames and dots of foam
rising from the band of waves at the base from which projects the head of a young
dragon, glass stopper with glass finial
7.6 cm. high
$3,000-5,000

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

The contrasting neck rim on the present bottle can be traced back to a strong trend in the
Qianlong period at the Court in Beijing and which was subsequently adopted by the Yangzhou
School. The chi dragons, also a popular motif at Court, suggesting a courtly origin (see discussion
under lot 601).

The playful, animated dragons are reminiscent of those on a red overlay white glass bottle in the
Bloch Collection (see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass,
no. 883), which is also possibly from the Imperial glassworks.
1770–1840

The Meriem Collection. Lot 673

Hugh Moss |