Attributed to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing. The compressed bottle with its flat narrow sides is accented with dark pink splashes sandwiched between two layers of translucent, bubble-suffused milky white glass.
With sandwiched pink and white glass, the color comes from powdered ruby glass added between two layers of glass, the outer of which has to be either transparent, or at least semi-transparent. Sandwiched glass bottles were a popular staple at the Court during the eighteenth century, where similar sandwiched pink glass was also carved as a series of lotus-petal bottles, such as the example in the J & J Collection, illustrated by Moss et.
The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, vol. For further discussion on sandwiched glass and its association with the mass production of snuff bottles to be distributed by the Court as gifts for various festivals and birthdays each year, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, vol. 726 is of similar material to the present example. This color of sandwiched glass was extremely popular on a range of plain and carved wares for the Court. This example is probably an Imperial bottle, but such plain wares may also have been made privately at the same time, inhibiting a firm attribution.
Mouth, neck and lip: Sprawling lip with flat top an slanted lip. Design, marks, school: Attributed to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing.
Stopper: Miniature coral carving of a Buddhist lion on a black platelet. Height of the bottle with stopper: 5.8 cm. Width of the mouth: 15 mm. Width of the neck: 5 mm. Condition: Perfect condition, on microscopic manufacturing flaw to base.
Christies, New York, 12 September 2018, lot 668. J & J COLLECTION OF SNUFF BOTTLES, PART III. Christies, New York, 29 March 2006, lot 79.The item "18th-19th Qing Dynasty Sandwiched Pink Glass Snuff Bottle Possibly Imperial" is in sale since Thursday, September 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Snuff Bottles". The seller is "fgxx_9" and is located in Katy, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.