A ‘MACARONI’ AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE, QING DYNASTY
Agate of pale brown color with scattered opaque white tubular striations and crystalline patterns. Good surface polish.
A good representative from this group, well carved and polished, of surprisingly balanced form.
Shape: Flattened heart form.
Mouth, neck and lip: Elongated cylindric neck, slanted lip, convex top and small mouth.
Base: Flat oval base.
Design, marks, school: Official school.
Stopper: Jadeite with sparkles of emerald-green, original metal mounting and spoon.
Height of the bottle with stopper: 6.3 cm.
Width of the mouth: 6 mm.
Width of the neck: 19 mm.
Weight: 90 grams.
Provenance: American private collection.
Auction result comparison: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. Christies, New York, 16 - 17 September 2010, lot 1175. (for a related bottle)