Meriem Collection Sale One / 679

The Meriem Collection. Lot 679

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Of vertically faceted, tapering cylindrical form with an octagonal section, with a
recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, the sides decorated in underglaze-blue with a
continuous scene of boys at play in a garden, all between line borders and below three
bats in flight around the cylindrical neck, coral stopper with mother-of-pearl finial and
turquoise collar
6.8 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Hall-Jutheau Auction, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Auction,
Boston, October 1991, lot 72.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.
L I T E R A T U R E :
Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles IV, p. 73, no. 72.

The faceted shape of the bottle has its origins in bottles made for the court, although this example
was probably made for a broader audience. The popular motif of boys represents the common
wish for ample male children to continue the family line, but further symbolism resides in what
they are holding. The book represents scholarship, while the kite symbolizes aspiration to high
office. The bat (fu), one of the most popular rebuses in Chinese art, is a pun on the word for
happiness or good fortune.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 679

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