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Lot 324. A five-color overlay white glass snuff bottle, 1760-1820Estimate USD  6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The bottle is carved with a continuous design in translucent overlays; yellow for the finger citron, red for the pomegranate, pink for the peach, and blue for the chrysanthemum blossoms and sash-tied ruyi, all joined by a single leafy branch carved in dark-green overlay against the opaque white ground. 2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high, quartz stopper

ProvenanceJames Hall, 1996.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2317.

ExhibitedBoston, International Chinese Snuff Bottle Convention, The Barron Collection, 23-26 September 2008.

NoteThe unusual combination of colors on this bottle is enhanced by the impeccable carving and well-composed design. It belongs to a group of overlay bottles that exhibit a variety of colors of overlay spread around the bottle, linked by a common color, as seen here in the green overlay branch and foliage. Another rare bottle from this group, from the Ruth and Carl Barron Collection Part II, decorated with a green basket containing four differently-colored blooms on a pink glass ground, was sold at Christie’s New York, 16 March 2016, lot 471. Two others from this group are illustrated by M. Hughes in The Blair Bequest, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum, Baltimore, 2002, pp. 151-152, nos. 189-91.

Christie's. The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part IV, 15 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center