Description

A Fine Five-Color Glass Overlay Snuff Bottle,

1770-1850

Provenance: A Private Asian Collection

 

Of ovoid shape, carved with four chilong and lingzhi sprays over clear glass, stopper

 

Bottles with multiple overlays exist in a variety of colors and the base glass can be opaque, transparent (as in our example) semi-translucent or bubble suffused. A close comparison can be drawn between ours and another illustrated by Moss et al., A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.5, part 3, pp. 644-645, no. 987. Whilst the shape is very similar the ground is opaque white and the overlay less thickly applied.