A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800
Lot 8
A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800
Sold for HK$ 48,000 (US$ 6,192) inc. premium

Lot Details
A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800 A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800 A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800 A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800 A walnut-shell snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800
A walnut-shell snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800
5.57cm high (including original stopper).

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1516

    核桃果形鼻煙壺
    大概為御製品,推定為宮廷作坊所作,北京,1723-1800

    Palace Nut

    Walnut shell; with no functional foot; the naturally pitted surface smoothed and polished to resemble fruit, made explicit by the original stopper
    Probably imperial, attributed to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1723–1800
    Height: 5.57 cm (including original stopper)
    Mouth: 0.68 cm
    Stopper: ebony, carved as a stalk and calyx; original
    Related paraphernalia: fitted case containing this bottle and Lot 9
    Condition: bottle surface well patinated and smoothed through use; otherwise, perfect condition; stopper with small chip off the tip of one part of the calyx

    Provenance:
    Christie's, Hong Kong, 22 March 1993, lot 520
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1993)

    Published:
    Zhao Ruzhen 1994, no. 153
    Zhao Lihong 1996, p. 116
    Treasury 7, no. 1516

    Commentary:
    All three of the walnut snuff bottles in the Bloch Collection are rare masterpieces. It is easy enough to hollow out the nut and add a stopper, and this was done during the Qing dynasty to provide functional snuff bottles and in the twentieth century to fool collectors. There is not, however, another plain walnut bottle to match this one anywhere in existence, for three reasons: the spectacular patina and natural wear to the surface; the original stopper; and the fact that it is associated with Treasury 7, no. 1651, and comes mounted in an old, specifically fitted box to contain the two.

    The two represent a type produced for the court, and at the palace workshops, from the Yongzheng period into the Qianlong. No. 1651 is a likely eighteenth-century imperial bottle, matching one that survives to this day in the imperial collection in Beijing. What connects the two, other than their shared box, is the fact that both represent fruit forms while being made from two different natural materials. No. 1651 transforms a dwarf coconut into an eggplant; this one turns a walnut into what may be a gourd of some sort.

    胡桃核鼻煙壺

    胡桃核;無足,原料的崎嶇不平的表面被磨平、擦亮以模仿水果;原件的蓋雕蒂及萼形以表示意圖
    大概為御製品, 推定為宮廷作坊所作, 北京, 1723~1800 年
    高:5.57 厘米 (包括原蓋)
    口經:0.68 厘米
    蓋:黑檀,雕蒂及萼;原件
    關聯的物件﹕容納本壺和拍賣品號9 的特裝盒子

    狀態敘述:
    經過歲月的磨擦以後,壺面光滑,有古色;此外,完善的狀態。 蓋上萼的一部分有小缺口

    來源:
    佳士得, 香港,1993年3月22日, 拍賣品號520
    Hugh Moss (香港) Ltd (1993)

    文獻:
    趙汝珍 1994, 編號153
    趙麗紅1996, 頁 116
    Treasury 7, 編號1516

    說明:
    詳細的欣賞,請參閱本壺的英文說明。


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