Meriem Collection Sale One / 702

The Meriem Collection. Lot 702

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A FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, 1890-1940
Of flattened pear shape with flat lip, each side decorated in famille rose enamels with a
formal design of a lotus blossom surrounded by leafy tendrils bearing peaches and
smaller lotus blossoms below a descending blue bat and small foliate spray repeated
above the flat foot, all reserved on a ground of soft lemon-yellow color, foot inscribed
with an apocryphal Jiaqing six-character mark in iron-red seal script, tourmaline stopper
6.2 cm. high
$800-1,200

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Hall, London.

This bottle bears an abundance of auspicious symbols. The central lotus blossom signifies purity, as
it rises unsullied out of muddied water, the peach represents immortality, and the bat symbolizes
happiness or good fortune.

This is one of a series of masterful copies of Imperial ceramics produced during the Iate-Qing or
Republican period for a foreign collectors’ market. They were so well made that many were
assumed genuine until quite recently, including this example.
1890–1940

The Meriem Collection. Lot 702

Hugh Moss |