A 'famille-rose' enamelled gold-ground glass 'lotus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Qianlong incised mark and of the period, 1736–1765
Lot 152
A 'famille-rose' enamelled gold-ground glass 'lotus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Qianlong incised mark and of the period, 1736–1765
Sold for HK$ 9,056,000 (US$ 1,168,242) inc. premium
Lot Details
A 'famille-rose' enamelled gold-ground glass 'lotus' snuff bottle
Imperial, palace workshops, Qianlong incised mark and of the period, 1736–1765
5.21cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1072

    玻璃胎畫琺瑯開光蓮花鼻煙壺
    御製品,宮廷作坊,陰刻「乾隆年製」篆款,1736-1765

    Golden Lotus

    Famille rose enamels on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and recessed slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding convex footrim; painted on each main side with a foliate panel of lotus and aquatic grass, the panels surrounded by a formalized floral design, the shoulders with a band of formalized lingzhi beneath a neck band of formalized flowers, all on a gold ground; the foot inscribed in engraved seal script Qianlong nian zhi ('Made during the Qianlong period')
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1765
    Height: 5.21 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.80/1.32 cm
    Stopper: pearl; jadeite finial; coral collar

    Condition: some original pitting to enamels, particularly the ruby red; tiniest of insignificant chips to inner lip (or possibly part of the process of manufacture); very slight wear to the gold enamel, with one tiny flake from the gold enamel beneath the large lotus leaf on the right; otherwise, in kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Liu Wen-choo (acquired prior to 1911)
    J. T. Tai & Co., New York, (circa 1969)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd (circa 1971)
    Loch Awe Collection (1985)
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1985)

    Published:
    Bahr & Wilkinson 1911, p. 143, plate CII
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd 1970, p. 66, no. 266
    JICSBS, December 1975, p. 9, fig. 28
    Moss 1976, plate 40 (text, pp. 62 and 63)
    JICSBS, Winter 1986, front cover
    Kleiner 1987, no. 15
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 15
    Kleiner 1995, no. 28
    Treasury 6, no. 1072

    Exhibited:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    Commentary:
    The painting on the present bottle is not only purely Chinese in conception and style, it is magnificently well painted, with all the subtlety of the finest enamels from the early-Qianlong palace workshops. In an unusual reversal of the usual technical shortcomings on early enamels on glass, the green here has fired exceptionally well, while the ruby-pink, where it is thicker, bubbled in the firing and is pitted where the bubbles burst. The excellent state of the gold ground on so many bottles of this group suggests they have barely been used. Enamelled glass was not distributed with the same largesse as more easily produced wares, so far more remained in the imperial collection until after 1860 and were less exposed to wear.

    The stopper for this bottle was made by Moss with a pearl provided by Bloch. Among the many bottles in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, the vast majority have what appears to be an enamelled metal stopper imitating a lapis cabochon with a pearl finial and a gilt metal collar, while others have the standard gilt-bronze stopper for palace enamels, with a formalized floral design.

    金蓮畔

    透光白色玻璃胎畫琺瑯;平唇,微凸斂足,突出凸形圈足;前後二開光畫金地蓮與草, 開光外畫金地卷枝花紋等,底刻陰文 "乾隆年製" 篆款
    御製品,宮廷作坊, 北京, 1736~1765年
    高:5.21 厘米
    口經/唇經:0.80/1.32 厘米
    蓋:珍珠; 翡翠頂飾; 珊瑚 座

    狀態敘述:
    琺瑯呈原有的點狀缺陷,特別是紅寶石紅琺瑯;唇內緣呈微乎其微的缺口,或許是製作過程的結果;金色琺瑯有微乎其微的磨損,右邊的一大荷葉下落掉了一微小片。此外,出窯狀態

    來源:
    Liu Wen-choo (1911年前得到的)
    J. T. Tai & Co., 紐約, (約1969)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd (約 1971)
    Loch Awe 珍藏 (1985)
    Hugh Moss (香港) Ltd (1985)

    文獻:
    Bahr & Wilkinson 1911, 頁 143, 插圖 CII
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd 1970, 頁 66, 編號266
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》(JICSBS), 1975年12月, 頁 9, 圖 28
    Moss 1976,插圖 40 (論述﹕頁 62 及 63)
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》(JICSBS),1986年冬期,封面
    Kleiner 1987, 編號15
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號15
    Kleiner 1995, 編號28
    Treasury 6, 編號1072

    展覽:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd, 倫敦, 1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月
    香港藝術館,1994年3 月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore, 1994年11月~1995年2月
    大英博物館, 倫敦, 1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷, 1997年7月~11月

    說明:
    詳細請參閱本煙壺的英文說明。

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