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Qianlong Ruby Red Carved Bat Chilong Snuff Bottle

Qianlong Ruby Red Carved Bat Chilong Snuff Bottle

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Snuff Bottles: Pre 1800: Item # 437656

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Qianlong imperial workshop ruby red peking glass round snuff bottle with bats, chilongs and a "longevity" (shou) character medallion. All 3 are symbols of longevity. These little chilongs (pi-hu)on the shoulders are rare (usually taotie masks). It is a symbol of success. Maybe a birthday commemorative? 18th century. Gorgeous red. Exquisite workmanship. Australian jade (chrysophrase) top of excellent green and a well shaped bone spoon.

2" wide and 2.6" high to finial. Fine condition with no flakes or chips or cracks or repairs. Outstanding example of simple elegance, relatively rare for Qianlong.

1) Time table of Qing Dynasty Emperors :
Shun-Tze 1644-1661, Kangxi 1662- 1722
Yongzhen 1723-1735, Qianlong 1736-1795
Jiaqing 1796-1820, Daoguang 1821-1850
Xiangfeng 1851-1861, Tongzhi 1862-1874
Guangxu 1875-1908, Xuantong 1909-1911

2) Page 67, #48 has a close-up of a chilong shoulder in a green Qianlong glass bottle, in "Treasures of Chinese Snuff Bottles", ISBN 962-04-1028-9, published 1992 Joint Publishing (HK) Co. Ltd. Chinese text. P. 38, #38 shows detail of carving on ruby glass, although in a different pattern. I checked in the new Bloch Collection book (ISBN 962-215-121-3), and found #74, p. 129, as a green peking glass example with a different carved pattern and taotie masks.

Provenance: Christie's 1991.