Commercial wine bottle

  • Opaque black glass
  • 15.8 x 12.9 cm
  • ca. 1970, Modern period
  • Origin: Hong Kong, China
  • Provenance: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
  • Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge, and Victor and Takako Hauge
  • S2005.80

Curatorial Remarks

1. (Louise Cort, 24 November 2003) These two bottles (S2005.80–81) were part of a large group that Bud and Gratia "collected" while living in Saigon: they bought the bottles for their contents (wine), emptied them, and saved them for the interesting variety of their glazes.

I selected two representative bottles for the Sackler collection. S2005.81 bears a schematic bat design incised into the thin glaze near the base. S2005.80 bears a molded label on the base: "Wing Fung Hung [Eternal Prosperity Company] / Hong Kong," and a label on the side reading: "Federal Law / Forbids Sale or / Reuse of this Bottle." The Hong Kong source suggests that the bottles were probably made in Guangdong province.

2. (Louise Cort, 22 June 2006) While numbering this bottle, George Rogers noticed that it was made of opaque black glass (cast in a two-part mold, with seam marks down the side) rather than stoneware. In shape and color it imitates the older iron-glazed bottles such as S2005.81.

Classification and medium were changed from "Ceramics" and "Opaque black glaze imitating glazed stoneware" to "Glass" and "Opaque black glass" respectively. Changed Origin from Guangdong to Hong Kong.

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