An olive-brown overlay white glass snuff bottle

Yangzhou School, 19th century

the tapering rectangular bottle carved in low relief through the olive-brown layer to the opaque white glass, one side depicting a scholar standing below a willow offered a fish by two fishermen passing by on a boat, the reverse carved with a lady looking out from her window beneath arching banana leaves growing from an ornamental rock, a seal reading the characters zi le, the narrow sides decorated with elongated mask-and-ring handles, jadeite stopper

height 7.3 cm without stopper

from a Dutch private collection acquired prior to the 1980’s

The scenes are carved in different degrees of thickness through the brown overlay creating depth and various shades of colour. This can be seen especially on the ornamental rock. The seal reads zi le, whose meaning ‘happy by oneself’ is clearly expressed by the lady in the window. A closely related bottle with the same scene of the scholar and fishermen was in the Joe Grimberg Collection, Sotheby’s New York, September 2010, lot no. 108.

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