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The Meriem Collection. Lot 700

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**AN UNUSUAL CARVED PALE GREEN GLASS PEACH-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
POSSIBLY IMPERLAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1800
Well carved as a large peach borne on a leafy, gnarled branch that coils around the neck
and shoulder, with flat lip and flat foot, the foot bisected by the peach’s cleft,
tourmaline stopper with gilt-metal collar
6.5 cm. high
$5,000-7,000

Refer to the footnote for lot 693 for a discussion on glass imitating semi-precious stones. It is very
likely that the pale green glass from which the present example was intended to imitate beryl.
While this appears to be the only known example of the design imitating beryl, the peach was a
reasonably popular Imperial design found also in other colors of glass, nephrite and other
materials. There is also an example in tourmaline from the Franz Collection (Hedda & Lutz Franz,
China Blues, An Elegant Obsession, Compact Disc, Hong Kong, 1999). See also a blue glass
example in the Bloch Collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff
Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass, no. 839, where there is reference to another in yellow glass, bearing
testimony to the Imperial nature of the design.

For a discussion on the symbolism of the peach, see the footnote under lot 605.
1760–1800

The Meriem Collection. Lot 700

Hugh Moss |