Qianlong period, 1736–1795
Height: 4 in (10.1 cm)
A transparent ruby red glass spittoon or zhadou, the compressed globular body wheel-cut into hexagonal facets below a tall and smooth, flaring neck. The base incised with a Qianlong nian zhi (made during the Qianlong period) four-character mark within a double-square.
Glass vessels of this form are rare. For a similar waste jar of green color with the same ‘tortoise shell’ facets, see Zhang Rong, Luster of Autumn Water Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop (Beijing: 2005), cat. no. 143. For a green example without facets, see Hui (2000), cat. no. 53; and for a faceted blue glass bowl very similar to the body of this vase, see cat. no. 67.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 9
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