Chinese glass from the collection of Robert Chilcott, West Vancouver, purchased in the 1950s/60s (lots 637-641)
A green glass overlay 'lotus' bowl
Mid Qing dynasty Of floral form with flaring edges converging towards a circular raised foot, the exterior carved in the form of a lotus blossom with overlapping petals, rising from an incised lotus leaf at the base with barbed rims. 15.7cm diam.
The current lot exhibits an excellent example of lapidary skill, which would have required an immense amount of talent and focus for the carver to be able to produce an elaborate design of such a complex nature. Although considered easier to carve in comparison to jades, the brittleness of the glass presents a greater challenge for the glass carver. Each lotus petal is worked in intricate detail to bring out the different variation of colours, achieved by manipulating the depth of carving between the overlay green glass and the underlying white glass.
For examples of glass bowls with lotus petal motifs, see Elegance and Radiance. Grandeur in Qing Glass. The Andrew K.F. Lee Collection, The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.212-215 nos.70-71.
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