A pair of white overlay decorated transparent cobalt blue glass jars  19th century
Lot 5185
A pair of white overlay decorated transparent cobalt blue glass jars 19th century
US$ 6,000 - 8,000
£3,600 - 4,800
Auction Details
Lot Details

Property from the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection

Mr. Gadient was a successful businessman who traveled extensively in Asia during the 1970's and 1980's. The Gadients' collection of Chinese glass started in Hong Kong in the early 1970's. Since their first pleasant encounter with fine Chinese glass at Charlotte Horstmann's antique gallery at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, the Gadients have devoted their passion for art collecting on Chinese glass, one of the most intriguing and sophisticated of Chinese art forms.

For more discussion about the Gadients' Chinese glass collection, see Dr. Clarence F. Shangraw's* essay written for the introduction of the 1997 exhibition catalog, entitled Treasures of Chinese Glass Workshops (Antiques, Inc., 1997). This catalog is on offer in this sale together with two other catalogs entitled Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures from the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection (lot 5384).

A large number of Chinese glasses from the Gadient collection have been exhibited at various museums in the United States. Some have been added to the museum's permanent collection. The museum exhibitions of the Gadient's Chinese glass include:

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
October 2011 – February 2012
April 2007 – April 2008

New Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 2004 – April 2005

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida
December 1999 – January 2000

St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 1999 – May 1999

Daytona Art Museum, Daytona Beach, Florida
October 1998 – January 1999

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
September 1996 – January 1997

The Lentz Center of Asian Culture, Lincoln, Nebraska
October 1994 – January 1995

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
June 1992 – September 1992
A pair of white overlay decorated transparent cobalt blue glass jars
19th century
Each of the bulbous vessels with a short, slightly inverted neck, its transparent blue ground in contrast with the separately applied milky white overlay, carved to depict peonies and blooming prunus branches perched upon by birds, above a border of rocks that form the foot(each jar probably with lid originally, but now missing).
5in (12.7cm) high


  • The design of this pair of vases reverses the traditional application of a white ground with blue overlay, achieving a fresh and attractive aesthetic result. Compare this lot to a related glass vase with similar color combination but in meiping form, also from the Gadient Collection, see Treasures of Chinese Glass Work Shops, Selection from the Ina and Sandford Gadient Collection, Asiantique, Winter Park, Florida, 1997, no. 52, p67.

    Compare also to a similar sized white-overlay blue glass jar with lid, sold by Christie's, Hong Kong, October 27, 2003, sale 2152, lot 768.
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