25 juin 2010

Ruby-colored hardstone, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, turquoise snuff bottles

Two snuff bottles. photo Bonhams The first a ruby-colored hardstone snuff bottle, carved as a melon with leaves and crickets, the jade stem-form stopper with gilt metal ribbed collar; the second a lapis lazuli snuff bottle of gourd shape with leafy foliage, with coral stopper. 1 3/4 and 1 1/2in (4.4 and 4.2cm) Sold for $4,880 Illustrated: Hidden Treasures of the Dragon (1991), cat. no. 140 An aquamarine snuff bottle. photo Bonhams Of flattened rectangular form, with a flat mouth rim, oval mouth and oval foot... [Lire la suite]