Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 17701830 5.7cm high (the dish: 3.49cm diam).
Treasury 1, no. 176
A jadeite snuff bottle with matching dish
Jadeite; with a concave, circular foot Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 17701830 Height: 5.7 cm Mouth/lip: 0.61/1.10 cm Diameter of dish: 3.49 cm Stopper: pearl; turquoise collar Dish: jadeite; with recessed circular foot; probably the original matching dish
Condition: Workshop condition
Provenance: Galia Baylin Sotheby's, New York, 3 October 1980, lot 278 Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)
Published: Treasury 1, no. 176
It is rare to find dishes matched to bottles where one can be reasonably sure that the two were originally intended to be used together. The material here, however, is so unusual and so distinctive that it seems highly likely. Not only is the jadeite of an extremely rare material as far as colour is concerned, but darker, metallic-looking flaws in the green inclusions in both specimens have created identical problems for the polisher in that they would not accept the same finish as the paler matrix, leaving duller areas.
On the introduction of Burmese jadeite as a material for snuff bottles, see Sale 1, lot 32.
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