Lot 230. A translucent amber glass engraved 'floral' bowl, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period (1736-1795); 17cm (6 3/4in) diam. Sold for HK$ 377,500 (€ 42,709) (Est: HKD300,000 - HKD400,000)© Bonhams 2001-2021

The slightly rounded sides rising from a shallow foot rim ring to a slightly everted rim and incised with a continuous scroll of peonies and two butterflies, the base incised with the four-character mark within a square frame reading Qianlong nianzhi, the translucent glass of yellowish-brown tone with darker tone on the foot ring and mouth rim, box. 

ProvenanceS. Bernstein & Co., Jade and Oriental Art, USA, 1990s.

Note: Compare the carving of flowers and butterflies with a light-yellow glass cup, Qianlong, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, which is illustrated in the Luster of Autumn Water: Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2005, pl.113.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Works of Art,Hong Kong, 2 Dec 2021