Meriem Collection Sale One / 685

The Meriem Collection. Lot 685

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AN UNUSUAL SANDWICHED STRAWBERRY-PINK GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1850
Of elongated, flattened ovoid form with slightly concave mouth and flat oval foot,
the translucent glass shading from an outer layer of milky strawberry to a darker-toned
underlayer visible at the lip and above and on the foot, the narrow sides carved with
mask-and-ring handles, jadeite stopper with gilt-metal collar
7.3 cm. high
$2,000-3,000

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

Sandwiched glass bottles represent a popular staple at the Court during the eighteenth century.
They are characterized by simple shapes usually blown into a mold, where distinctive colors and
textures were created by fusing a layer of brightly colored or distinctively marked glass between
two plainer colors, the upper one of which must be transparent to some extent.
For further discussion on sandwiched glass and its association with the mass production of snuff
bottles to be distributed by the Court as gifts for various festivals and birthdays each year, see
Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, nos. 722-35.

The mask-and-ring handles, set high on the narrow sides of the bottle, seem to endorse the
attribution to the Imperial glassworks at Beijing. They are typical of a range of similar mask and ring
handles produced on a range of bottles for the Court during the Qianlong period, many of
which remain in the Imperial collection.

This strawberry-pink color is probably derived from ruby-red glass made at the Court from the early
eighteenth century onwards, but mixed with other colors. Ruby-red, and sandwiched pink glass
were both popular Court staples, but this particular color is otherwise extremely rare.
1760-1850

The Meriem Collection. Lot 685

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