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Fine 1.5 Inch Bi Color Antique Chinese Qing Carved Miniature Watermelon Tourmaline Bottle Jar with Lid Featuring Charming Relief Attention to Color Variation
Qing circa 19th century or earlier. Base features a well modeled mouse or rat like animal with a bushy tail scaling the side. Top features a reticulated bean or perhaps insect, probably tendrils. The leaf transcending both sections appearing in green.
1.5 inches h. x 1 inch w. x 0.625 inches d.
Provenance: This is one lot of approx. 30 lots in this sale from the estate of Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Henry Marks, owners of Dynasty Orientalia, Fayetteville, PA. The vast majority of the business inventory was liquidated by the family many years ago however this grouping remained in storage with Southern heirs residing south of Atlanta until now. Nancy and Henry traveled to Asia to purchase much of their inventory and were active in the Baltimore and Washington, DC antiques show circuit in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of their items retain decades old price tags from shows which we have left intact for historical perspective.
Condition: Generally very sound and attractive estate discovery condition. No significant breaks or chips detected. Surface wear to lid. One fine tendril on the lid is quite scuffed. Note: The lid was previously secured with cellophane tape and a square outline of tape residue appears on one side of the base. We are certain this will easily and completely remove with delicate washing or a mild solvent. Some of the scattered matte surface wear to the top may actually be dried adhesive as well.