Late 18th century to early 19th century
Height: 7 ¼ in (18.4 cm)
A transparent “snowflake” glass bottle vase with a globular body, a splayed foot and a tall cylindrical neck, the transparent red overlay carved in high relief with blossoming lotus, peonies and quatrefoils, the neck with banana leaf lappets encircling the mouth and a band of lotus petals around the shoulders.
In a comment about a similar piece illustrated in Asiantiques (1997), cat. no. 34, Jana Volf indicates that “the carved overlay represented by the present example… appears to be of the type described by Zhao Zhigian as being produced in the Qianlong period and called pi (skin) type (see, Richard John Lynn trans., “Researches Done During Spare Time Into the Realm of Yong Lu God of the Nose, The Yonglu Xianjie of Zhao Zhigian”, The Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, 1001, volume XXIII, no. 3, page 17.)
Provenance: acquired in Chicago in the mid 1990’s
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 10
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