Meriem Collection Sale One / 675

The Meriem Collection. Lot 675

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Of tapering cylindrical form with recessed foot and canted shoulder, decorated with a
continuous river landscape, with a fisherman seated on the river bank opposite pavilions
nestled amidst rocks and trees on the opposite shore, with mountains in the distance, all
between double-line borders with a neck-band of formalized lingzhi-heads and dots,
carnelian stopper with vinyl collar
6.7 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Kleiner, Boston Convention, 1991.

This bottle belongs to a group of a large number of cylindrical porcelain bottles decorated in
underglaze blue which became popular in the mid-Qing period. Porcelain became the ideal cheap
material from which to produce large quantities of well-made containers decorated with
meaningful designs for a vastly growing audience of snuff-takers as the habit spread to the whole
population from its roots at Court. See another bottle painted with a landscape and with a similar
neck border, illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault, p. 95,
no. 163; and one illustrated by R. Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles. Masterpieces from the Reitberg
Museum, Zurich, pp. 28-9, no. 8.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 675

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