Lot 559. Three cameo agate snuff bottles, Official School, 1770-1850. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.
The first bottle, 1770-1850, is of tan color and is carved with a solitary hawk in russet brown on the front, a sprig of lingzhi at the side. The second bottle, 1770-1850, of striated beige and grey tone, is carved with a fisherman in deep russet and opalescent gray colors, his fishing pole extending to the back of the bottle with a fish on the line. The third, 1780-1850, is of pale tan color and is carved with two birds near the base, flanked by mask and ring handles. 2, 2 ¼ and 2 1/8 in. (5, 5.7 and 5.4 cm.) high, glass and stone stoppers
Provenance: First bottle:
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2010.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5101.
A. Wilson, California.
Harriet Hamilton Collection.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2012.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5375.
Robert Hall, London, 2012.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5352.
Christie's. The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part III, 14 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza