A reticulated white porcelain 'ba jixiang' snuff bottle Probably Imperial
Lot 48
A reticulated white porcelain 'ba jixiang' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1820
Sold for HK$ 120,000 (US$ 15,475) inc. premium
Lot Details
A reticulated white porcelain 'ba jixiang' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1820
6.5cm high.


  • Treasury 6, no. 1194


    Reticulated Buddhist Emblems

    Crackled creamy-white glaze on porcelain; the reticulated, double body with a flat lip and concave foot surrounded by a convex footrim; the outer body moulded with a continuous design of Eight Buddhist Emblems on a ground of formalized clouds framed between a base band of formalized lingzhi, above a band of raised dots, and a shoulder design of formalized lingzhi beneath a band of continuous leiwen (thunder pattern) with a band of raised dots at the upper-neck; all exterior surfaces of the outer body covered with glaze; the inner body covered with a thin wash of glaze; the interior unglazed
    Probably imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1820
    Height: 6.5 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.68/1.80 cm
    Stopper: crackled, creamy-white glaze on porcelain, moulded with a formalized chrysanthemum design; original

    Condition: minor stress cracking from original firing on one narrow side above the base band of lingzhi beneath the lotus flower; tiny nibbles to glaze on the relief high on one narrow side and to the outer rim of the Wheel of the Law; practically invisible nibble to the lower ribbon of the canopy; otherwise, in kiln condition. General relative condition: excellent

    China Guardian, Beijing, 20 April 1996, lot 837
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1996)

    Treasury 6, no. 1194

    If fingerprint records existed for mid-Qing potters, we would even be able to identify at least one of the people on the assembly line that made this particular bottle: the interior of the plain inner bottle retains a series of prints. To make the inner body, a flat sheet of still-malleable porcelain was placed into the half-body mould and pressed into it until it assumed the form. Once both halves were made, the two were joined vertically and bonded with slip. The outer body would then have been made in the same manner, but from two different moulds, since the design is not the same on each main side. Again, these were luted together at the narrow sides with slip and fixed by hand to the inner body. Once the bottle was leather hard, further detailing and carving would have been undertaken, particularly to remove any trace of the join from the exterior, but also to add the finer details as necessary. Then it remained only to glaze and fire it.

    We have, again, left open the dating range to allow for late-Qianlong manufacture of this bottle, but we suspect that it is a straightforward Jiaqing version, and from the imperial kilns, although unmarked.

    This is a design that occurs in various colour combinations. There is an enamelled, famille rose version, although from a different mould, in the Bragge 1878 (Fig 1), while another polychrome example, also from a different mould, is in Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 3, p. 52, pl. W. One with creamy-white glaze is in Stevens 1976, no. 26. It should be noted that the additional handwork involved in piercing through the upper body often makes it more difficult with this type of bottle to judge whether different exemplars come from the same mould or not.


    瓷胎,內層為實壁,外層為鏤空壁,乳白色釉,釉面有開片裂紋;平唇, 凸底,凸形圈足;外層模印通體佛教八寶紋,都施釉,內層卻施淡釉,而內壁不施釉
    大概為御製品, 景德鎮, 1790~1820 年
    高:6.5 厘米
    口經/唇經:0.68/1.80 厘米

    一側面在蓮花之下、如意雲頭之上有微乎其微的應力裂 紋,是原來烘烤導致的;在一側面腹上部和另一側面法輪外緣都呈細小的咬痕;寶傘下緣有幾乎看不見的咬痕;此外,出窯狀態. 總體的相對狀況: 極善

    中國嘉德國際拍賣有限公司, 北京, 1996年4月20日,拍賣品號837
    Hugh Moss (香港) Ltd (1996)

    Treasury 6, 編號1194

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