Lot 1566. A well-carved white jade snuff bottle, probably Suzhou, 1750-1850; 2 3/8 in. (6.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 218,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
Of flattened form, one main side carved with a long-tailed crested bird on a flowering prunus branch with two lines of verse by the Southern Dynasties poet Lu Kai, followed by one seal reading Shanyue, the reverse left undecorated to highlight the attractive color of the stone, agate stopper.
Property from a Private American Collection.
Provenance: Acquired in the 1950s-70s.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011