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The Meriem Collection. Lot 630

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Of compressed, tapering baluster form with flat lip and recessed foot surrounded by
a footrim, with a translucent white layer sandwiched between the outer and inner
layers of pale milky greenish-yellow color, carnelian stopper with crystal bead finial
and vinyl collar
6.7 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

The striking color of this bottle is very rare and has a distinctive transparency and pearl-like luster.
See a bottle of almost identical shape and color, formerly in the J & J Collection, and sold in these
rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 75. The same bottle is also illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art
of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, no. 335, where no. 334 is of the same type of
glass, but bears a mark identifying it as having been made for the use of the Qianlong Emperor
himself, thus firmly identifying this particular color with the Imperial glassworks. Another bottle of
this color, likewise attributed to the Beijing Palace Workshops, is illustrated by R. Kleiner, Chinese
Snuff Bottles. The White Wings Collection, p. 72, no. 41. All of these bottles are thinly blown and
have very similar footrims, and were presumably produced at the same time. Otherwise, the
distinctive color is extremely rare in Chinese glass.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 630

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