Meriem Collection Sale One / 651

The Meriem Collection. Lot 651

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Of tapering cylindrical form with recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, decorated with
a continuous design with two underglaze-red five-clawed dragons with blue eyes, one
flying amidst blue clouds and red flames above the other emerging from a band of
wind-tossed waves, coral stopper with gilt-metal collar
5.7 cm. high

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

The shape of this bottle is very rare, as most cylindrical bottles from the mid-Qing period, when this
range of forms became popular, tend to have a more prominent neck. Although unmarked, the
bottle is typically Imperial both in subject matter, with its five-clawed dragon, and in style (see, for
instance, lot 601 for a Qianlong-marked example in similar coloring).

An almost identical bottle is illustrated in a volume of snuff-bottle illustrations that accompanied
the catalogue published in 1874 by William Bragge, Bibliotheca Nicotiana. A Catalogue of Books
about Tobacco together with a Catalogue of Objects Connected with the Use of Tobacco in All its
Forms, formerly in the J & J Collection and sold in these rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 20 (also
illustrated by H. Moss, "The William Bragge Illustrated Album", JICSBS, Winter 2006, p. 15, fourth
row, fourth column).

The Meriem Collection. Lot 651

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