Lot 65. A very rare and finely enamelled famille rose glass snuff bottle, Imperial, Palace Workshops, Beijing, Qianlong four-character mark in blue enamel and of the period (1736-1795); 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 20,000 - GBP 30,000. Price realised GBP 80,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2015.
The semi-translucent white glass snuff bottle is finely decorated to the compressed pear shaped body with a continuous design depicting camellia and wintersweet, below a band of pink floral scroll and a ruyi-lappet border encircling the neck. The base is enamelled with a furtherruyi border, with the recessed foot inscribed in blue enamel in kaishuwith the characters Qianlong nian zhi. The gilt-bronze stopper is chased with a stylised floral design, stopper.
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 May 1994, lot 1324.
The K.H. Yeo Collection of Chinese Enamelled Glass Wares.
The collection of an important private Asian collector.
Literature: The Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Hong Kong, Autumn 2012, vol. XLIV (2), front cover.
Yeo. K.H., The Master Enameller, Hong Kong, 2014, pp. 46-49, no. 4.
Note: This exquisite bottle is part of a known group of enamelled glass bottles bearing the same design of camellia and wintersweet. One almost identical example is in the Palace Museum in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 47 - Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, p. 4, no. 3.
CHRISTIE'S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, 10 November 2015, London, King Street