Meriem Collection Sale One / 684

The Meriem Collection. Lot 684

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Of ovoid form tapering to a waisted neck, with flat lip and
concave foot surrounded by a flat footrim, decorated in famille
rose enamels with a continuous scene of court ladies and boys of
various ages shown in groups in a garden setting, in one group a
boy holds a long scepter suspending a chime, and in another
group an older boy observes two ladies holding flower sprigs
conversing near a table as two young boys vie for their
attention, all between iron-red ruyi-head borders, with a
simplified key-fret border above the foot and a narrow blue dot
border and a wide band of angular scrolls encircling the neck,
the exposed metal at the neck and foot gilded, the base inscribed
in iron-red regular script Qianlong nian zhi (Made in the
Qianlong period) within a double square, the original gilt-metal
stopper with integral collar
5.1 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd., 1993.

This bottle is one of a group of Imperial wares produced at Guangzhou
during the Qianlong period. They all have very similar bands of
decoration around the neck, shoulders and footrim, usually in iron-red
enamel, although the main designs are varied.The group can be further
divided into two types - those with iron-red Qianlong marks (typical of
Imperial wares produced at centers outside the capital), and others with
a jingzhi (respectfully made) mark. This bottle falls into the first category,
which tends to vary more in shape. It includes one of a rare double gourd
form illustrated in Zhongguo Biyanhu Zhenshang, no. 378; one of
compressed ovoid shape in the British Museum, London; one of similar
shape to the present example in the Baur Collection, Geneva, illustrated
by B. Stevens in The Collector’s Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 985;
one in the Reitberg Museum illustrated by R. Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles.
Masterpieces from the Reitberg Museum, Zurich, pp. 22-3, no. 5; and
one of compressed spherical shape, B. Stevens, op. cit., no. 986, from
the Edward Choate O’Dell Collection (also illustrated by J. Ford, Chinese
Snuff Bottles. The Edward Choate O’Dell Collection, p. 50, no. 92).

Bottles from the second category (bearing jingzhi marks) include
one illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles The White Wings
Collection, pp. 10-1, no. 5, and one illustrated in the exhibition catalogue,
Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles, 12-18 October 1987, p. 140, no. 70,
while a pair of double-gourd-shaped examples are in Beijing,
Masterpieces of Snuff Bottles in the Palace Museum, p. 60, no. 26.

These bottles have all been painted following Palace style, particularly
noticeable in the use of stippled areas where a series of minute dots
provides graduation in the colors, and may have been designed by Court

The Meriem Collection. Lot 684

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