Snuff bottles from the collection of Jacqueline Sheldon (neé Anisfeld), purchased at London auctions in the 1970s under the guidance of Hans Goldsteinher (lots 201-212)
A carved crystal 'bats' snuff bottle
Qianlong Of flattened globular form, well hollowed and intricately carved in low relief on each side with a stylised bat suspending a coin tied to a ribbon from its mouth, flanked both sides by another two pairs of bats. 5.8cm high.
Provenance 來源: Collection of Jacqueline Sheldon
The outstanding quality of the carving on this bottle ranks it amongst the greatest of carved crystal bottles created by the Palace Workshops, Beijing, in the Qianlong period. For a closely related example from the Qing Court Collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, pg.174, no.272. See also another carved crystal bottle of similar quality in the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Volume 2, Hong Kong, 1998, pg. 416, no.334. The Bloch example differs from the current example in that it is of slightly more compressed section, and is carved with the Eight Buddhist Emblems.
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