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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

ProvenanceFirst bottle:
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., Hong Kong, 2010.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5101.
Second bottle:
A. Wilson, California.
Harriet Hamilton Collection.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, 2012.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5375.
Third bottle:
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