A ruby-red glass overlay 'fortune and longevity' snuff bottle
1710-1760 4.42cm high.
Treasury 5, no. 872
A ruby-red glass overlay snuff bottle
Transparent ruby-red and translucent white glass, with a few small air bubbles, some elongated; with a flat lip; carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of two bats and two severed, leafy branches with three peaches on each 1710-1760 Height: 4.42 cm Mouth/lip: 0.54/0.91 cm Stopper: glass
Condition: Workshop condition
Provenance: Private collection, Canada Sotheby's, New York, 3 June 1992, lot 388
Published: Chen Yibing 1994, p. 100, top Treasury 5, no. 872
The small size of this bottle suggests the likelihood of an early date, and we believe that it dates from the early eighteenth century and probably from either the Yongzheng reign or the very early Qianlong reign. It is unlikely to be as early as the Kangxi period, particularly given the lack of crizzling, but it must remain a possibility. The extraordinary fluency and technical skills exhibited by the rendering of the two bats here may indicate the height of glass carving from the early part of the Qianlong reign.