Variegated translucent and semi-transparent, streaky, caramel-brown glass with a few scattered air bubbles of various sizes; with a flat lip and concave foot 1740-1860 Height: 3.7 cm Mouth/lip: 0.55/0.95 cm Stopper: coral; vinyl collar
Condition: Workshop condition
Provenance: Wing Hing, Hong Kong (1985)
Published: Treasury 5, no. 758
Areas of the glass in this bottle are semi-transparent in the sense that, if a small bulb is introduced into the bottle, it is possible to see some details of the bulb through them. Other parts are translucent. This effect may be intentional, but can also occur spontaneously.
A finished work of art of this kind supplies no indication of the original intention of the glassmaker, but the resemblance to chalcedony here, both in colour and texture, is striking. It has distinct, if subtle striations, suggesting that the variation in transparency may have been intentional, and intended to resemble caramel-coloured agate, which it does rather effectively.