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The Meriem Collection. Lot 678

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**A CARVED AMETHYST SNUFF BOTTLE
1750-1850
Of compressed ovoid form with concave lip and recessed oval foot surrounded by a
footrim, the narrow sides crisply carved with mask-and-ring handles, the translucent
stone of pale purple color suffused with vapor-like inclusions, stained green chalcedony
stopper with gilt-silver collar
5.7 cm. high
$5,000-7,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Edmund Dwyer Collection.
Robert Hall-Jutheau Auction, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Convention,
Boston, 1991, lot 20.
L I T E R A T U R E :
In Focus, a publication of the American Gemological Institute of America Alumni
Association, Winter 1985/86, front cover.

See a slightly larger, but otherwise very similar bottle, Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the
Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, no. 102. Crystalline quartz, whether colorless or of
this amethyst variety, is sometimes found with a delicate network of markings resembling
cracked ice or sea-spray. These appear here, and are found on other bottles of the same
group (Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection,
nos. 95 and 96).

The Chinese, with their passion for natural materials would have seen these “flaws” as
inspiration for design and once filled with snuff, the inclusions would become more distinct,
creating an abstract work of art.
1750–1850

The Meriem Collection. Lot 678

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