A large and rare yellow jade snuff bottle 1750-1850
Lot 5
A large and rare yellow jade snuff bottle 1750-1850
Sold for US$ 134,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
A large and rare yellow jade snuff bottle
Very well hollowed with flat lip and flat recessed foot surrounded by a flat, broad footrim, the vibrant yellow stone deftly worked with four successive bands of chrysanthemum petals, with two openwork chilong and two small cylindrical pegs supporting strings at the neck, stopper.
2¾in (7.1cm) high (2).


  • 黃玉鼻煙壺

    Gerry P. Mack
    Sotheby's New York, 25 October 1997, lot 180

    H. Moss, Chinese Snuff Bottles, Number Three, London, 1966 , pl.G.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sumptuous Microcosms: Chinese Snuff Bottles - Snuff Bottles from California Collections, October-December 2003

    Yellow jade was a favorite at the Qing court, and is believed to have been particularly admired by the Qianlong Emperor. Apart from snuff bottles, an important group of larger Imperial vessels in the Qing court collections were worked from this sought-after color. The popularity of yellow jade is well documented as early as the Ming Dynasty. In Sir Percival David's translation of the Ming Dynasty text Gegu Yaolun, 'Essentials of Chinese Connoisseurship. The Ko Ku Yao Lun, The Essential Criteria of Antiquities', the different colors of jade are described: White jade. The most valuable stones are of mutton-fat color. Those with the color of ice or of rice porridge, or the color of fat or of snowflakes, are next in quality. Yellow jade. Stones with the color of the chestnut kernel, known also as sweet yellow, are the most valuable.

    The use of overlapping chrysanthemum petals on Qianlong and early 19th century jades is well documented, and it is possible that the present bottle took its inspiration from Mughal and Mughal-style jade carvings, popular with the court at the time. See a dark green jade Qianlong mark and period covered vessel of chrysanthemum form in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated by J.F.Li and Yang Boda, Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages: Connoisseurship of Chinese Jades, Vol.11, Hong Kong, 1996, p.143, no.71, and a white jade water pot with overlapping chrysanthemum petals forming its walls in the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Exquisite Beauty - Islamic Jades, Taipei, 2007, Catalog no.260.

    When published by Hugh Moss in a special issue devoted entirely to bottles from the Mack collection, it was described as: 'a superb example of the type of jade which is called yellow jade by most collectors....A most impressive early bottle of a lovely color'.
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