Snuff bottles formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection (lots 100-146)
An aquamarine-blue glass 'Shou Lao' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1750-1830 Of compressed globular form with a concave lip and recessed, slightly concave foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim, the transparent aquamarine-blue glass carved on one main side with Shoulao holding a gnarled staff and double gourd, the centre of which bears a yin-yang symbol, his familiar deer reclining at his feet. 5.1cm high.
Provenance 來源: Paula J. Hallett Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1986)
Illustrated 出版: Robert Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, Hong Kong, 1987, no. 85 Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Winter 1995, p.6 Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 5, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 850
Exhibited 展覽: Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987 Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993
The bottles of this group are extremely rare, as the aquamarine available at that time, mostly from Xinjiang, was mainly of a rather pale colour, and that is what glassmakers would have sought to reproduce.
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