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The Meriem Collection. Lot 663

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YIXING, 1790-1840
Of compressed ovoid form with flat lip and recessed concave
foot, one main side decorated with a Buddhist lion with two
brocade balls tied with ribbons, clouds and flames, the other
main side with a prunus tree bearing large turquoise blossoms
and buds rising from blue grass, all reserved on a finely crackled
off-white ground applied to a Yixing body, the interior also
enameled in off-white, stained agate stopper with garnet finial
and vinyl collar
6 cm. high

P R O V E N A N C E :
Paula Hallett.
Hugh Moss Ltd.
E X H I B I T E D :
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Vancouver Museum, The
Brown Stonewares of the Yixing Kilns. The Carol Potter Peckham
Collection, 1992.
L I T E R A T U R E :
The Brown Stonewares of the Yixing Kilns. The Carol Potter Peckham
Collection, p. 65, fig. vi, center.

Refer to the footnote for lot 641 for a discussion on enameled Yixing

It is extremely rare to find an enameled Yixing bottle decorated with a
Buddhist lion. However, there is an example of the same shape, and with
very similar treatment of the ruyi-head-shaped clouds and flames, but
with a single flying dragon, illustrated by B. Stevens, The Collector’s Book
of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 348. That bottle most certainly comes from
the same workshop and probably the same hand as the present bottle.

With both enameled and plain Yixing bottles, it was commonplace to
enamel the inside surface. Shifting connoisseurship among snuff-takers
in the mid-Qing period led to a preference for shiny interiors to prevent
the loss of moisture from the snuff, which is probably why many Yixing
enameled snuff bottles of the period were enameled inside as well.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 663

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