Jadeite; very well hollowed, with a flat foot and concave lip 17801880 Height: 6.21 cm Mouth/lip: 0.51/1.86 cm Stopper: tourmaline; gilt-silver collar
Condition: Workshop condition
Provenance: Ashkenazie and Co., San Francisco (1988)
Published: JICSBS, Spring 1982, inside back cover Arts of Asia, SeptemberOctober 1990, p. 95 Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 56 Treasury 1, no. 181
Exhibited: Hong Kong Museum of Art, MarchJune 1994 National Museum, Singapore, November 1994February 1995
The stone has a clearly visible fibrous texture that adds considerably to the surface fascination and lends a sense of energy to the mottled markings. As jewellery, it would fail to gain top marks because of a lack of translucent areas free of distinct fibrous markings. As a snuff bottle, however, where the very finest jewellery material never appears, it is a stunning colour. It is also well made, with excellent formal integrity, a well-detailed lip, and hollowing as painstaking as on any known jadeite snuff bottle of this highly valued, emerald-green jadeite material.
On the introduction of Burmese jadeite as a material for snuff bottles, see Sale 1, lot 32.