* A Group of Five Glazed Ceramic Snuff Bottles,
the first of compressed flask form, decorated with a black painted pattern and a crane to the reverse, having an agate stopper lid; the second of compressed ovoid form, having molded decoration of the eight Buddhist emblems on a patterned leiwen ground in a red glaze, with a molded band of ruyi below the neck and above the foot, the neck and foot mounted in metal, and with a Tibetan coral and turquoise inlaid metal cover, the whole raised on a fitted, hardwood stand; the third a smaller example and of a compressed, rounded form, having a pale blue glaze to the neck and sides, the neck with carved leiwen band and the sides with painted circles, the two faces depicting a raised sage to one side and Guanyin to the other, each depicted above carved waves with wan symbols and below carved and painted whorls, with a four-character Qianlong mark to the underside, with a coral stopper lid, raised on a fitted hardwood base; the fourth of a compressed flask form, with landscape decoration and poetic inscription to the reverse reserved on a turquoise glazed ground of raised bead texture, with carnelian agate stopper cover and a hardwood stand; the fifth of a compressed, rounded form with tapering bottom and recessed foot, having molded and polychrome glazed decoration depicting buddhistic lions amongst the bajixiang and scrolling ribbons, with a carnelian agate stopper cover.
Height of tallest overall 3 1/8 inches.
Estimate $ 150-250
Property from the Estate of Harvey and Mildred Levy, St. Louis, Missouri
The crane decorated bottle in overall good condition with a few patches of surface wear. Having a few old flake chips to the edge of the foot and wear to the mouth rim. Old labels and sticker stuck to the surface. The scoop, stopper and lid intact.
The Buddhist bottle having multiple scattered chips to the raised decoration and minor wear and tarnish to the metal. The bottle stuck to the wood base. The stones all present in the lid. Stopper and scoop intact.
The smallest bottle in overall good condition with minor wear throughout. The stand, scoop, stopper and lid all intact, but the stand with museum putty.
The compressed flask form bottle having wear and dirt throughout. A few patches with old adhesive residue, likely from old labels, and these areas fluoresce under UV light. Having a few old chips to the mouth rim. Stuck to the base with museum putty. The stopper and scoop stuck in the bottle and detached from the cover.
The fifth bottle having heavy wear throughout, and with old nicks and chips along the mouth rim and foot. The foot with museum putty stuck to the underside. The scoop and stopper intact, the lid with a chip to the lower edge. No fluorescence under UV light.