Meriem Collection Sale One / 687

The Meriem Collection. Lot 687

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Of ovoid form with wide mouth and recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, the sides
decorated with two fierce five-clawed dragons shown amidst clouds and flames as
one rises from a band of wind-tossed waves at the base to confront the other flying
amidst clouds, the incised decoration filled with the clear overglaze so that it appears as
a pale blue-green color in contrast to the white ground, coral stopper with metal collar
6 cm. high

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

The subtle anhua (hidden decoration) technique was used from the fourteenth century onwards on
a range of Imperial ceramics. The five-clawed dragons here suggest that, despite this bottle
remaining unmarked, it is an Imperial product, as were so many unmarked wares. This seems
confirmed by a bottle of very similar shape, also with anhua decoration, illustrated by R. Hall,
Chinese Snuff Bottles. Masterpieces from the Reitberg Museum Zurich, pp. 36-7, no. 12. A second
bottle with underglaze-blue decoration, also of similar form and with a wide neck, is also in the
collection of the Reitberg Museum, ibid., no. 11. Both bottles bear late Qianlong marks, providing
evidence that the wide-mouthed form more commonly associated with the first half of the
nineteenth century may be traced back to the Qianlong period.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 687

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