A MOTTLED LAVENDER, WHITE AND EMERALD-GREEN JADEITE SNUFF BOTTLE, 1780-1880
The stone of white, sage-green and lavender tone, with veins of emerald green. Excellent finish.
The well-hollowed body of faceted rectangular form with a minimally flared neck, the translucent stone of pale and deep lavender-blue, white, and sage-green with one small emerald-green vein.
Blue, lavender- or lilac-colored jadeite probably became available to the Chinese at much the same time as the better-known and more plentiful emerald-green jadeite. This leaves open the possibility that jadeite pieces of this more dramatic and exotic coloring could date from the late eighteenth century, although it is known that many were made during the latter part of the Qing dynasty and well into the Republican period.
Although the present bottle may feel heavy in the hand, it is because of its size rather than a lack of care in hollowing. Indeed, the interior is extremely carefully and evenly hollowed, through an extremely small mouth (only 5 mm. wide) leaving a wall thickness of only about 2-3 mm. The spectacular material combines a dynamic natural pattern of the deepest lavender color with a paler, icy-lavender color and a pale, sage-green.
Shape: Rectangular faceted
Hollowing: Very good
Mouth, neck and lip: Cylindric neck with slanted lip and flat top, very small mouth
Base: Rectangular with raised foot rim
Stopper: Coral cabochon on a faceted turquoise platelet with good patina, possibly matching
Height of the bottle with stopper: 5,9 cm.
Width of the mouth: 5 mm.
Width of the neck: 16 mm.
Weight: 80,5 grams
Provenance: American private collection, old collector’s number to bottom
Auction result comparison: IMPORTANT CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES FROM THE J&J COLLECTION. Christies, Hong Kong, 25 April 2004, lot 870. (for a jadeite bottle of similar color pattern)