Lot 557. A rare white-overlay sandwiched pink glass snuff bottle, possibly Palace Workshops, Beijing, 1770-1840Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

The bottle is carved through the semi-opaque white overlay to the mottled pink and white ground with a continuous scene of a farmer walking on a rocky path towards his home, beneath pine branches and clouds. 3 ¼ in. (8.3 cm.) high, shell stopper.

ProvenanceBentley Collection, England.
Sotheby's London, 23 March 1988, lot 106.
Asian Art Studio, Los Angeles, California, 2009.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4957.

LiteratureAsian Art Studio, The Bentley Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, 2008, p. 27.

NotesIt is rare to find a combination of sandwiched glass (where a color is contained between transparent or translucent layers) and overlay. In this case the opaque white glass overlay has been cut away to reveal the speckled effects of sandwiching ground-up flakes of ruby-red glass between layers of white. The selection of the subject is masterful, with the white landscape containing a farmer returning to his mountain home cut through the outer opaque white glass layer revealing the sandwiched pink layer and suggesting the background of filtered light from a pink and red setting sun.

A bottle of a similar color palette and technique, but in the form of a cabbage, was sold at Christie's New York, The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II, 16 March 2016, lot 491.

Christie's. The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part III, 14 September 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza