A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850
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A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850
Sold for HK$ 90,000 (US$ 11,606) inc. premium

Lot Details
A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850 A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850 A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850
A moulded gourd 'Pekinese dog and doves' snuff bottle
Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Daoguang moulded four-character mark and of the period, 1821–1850
4.68cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1506

    葫蘆模製獅子狗與鴿子罐形鼻煙壺
    御製品,宮廷作坊作,模印「道光年製」楷款,北京,1821~1850

    A moulded gourd 'Pekingese dog and doves' snuff bottle

    ('Imperial Favourites')

    Gourd, black lacquer, and antler; with a flat lip and irregularly recessed, flat foot surrounded by an irregular, convex footrim; from a four-part primary mould, with a continuous scene of a Pekinese dog with bells on its collar, two doves, a perforated natural rock formation, chrysanthemums, orchids, and grasses, all beneath a shoulder band of continuous leiwen (thunder pattern); the foot inscribed in relief regular script Daoguang nian zhi (Made in the Daoguang period); the interior covered in black lacquer; the lip and a short inner neck in antler
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1821–1850
    Height: 4.68 cm
    Mouth/lip: 1.59/2.72 cm
    Stopper: horn and ivory, with a yinyang symbol surrounded by a series of inlaid dots

    Condition: abrasions to lip; slight area of upper part of gourd where it meets the separate lip missing but probably part of original production; extensively worn from handling, the relief softened and with abrasions .General relative condition: good

    Provenance:
    Raymond Li, Hong Kong (1976)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    Published:
    Li 1976, p. 20, no. 31
    JICSBS, March 1976, p. 19
    Hong Kong1977, pp. 110 and 130, no. 266
    Jutheau 1980, p. 137, fig. 5
    Très précieuses tabatières chinoises1982, p. 20, fig. 236
    Li 1983, p. 21, fig. 24
    Kleiner 1987, no. 201
    Treasury 7, no. 1506

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October 1977
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, October 1987
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993

    Commentary
    There can be no question as to the correct dating of this remarkable gourd snuff bottle. Not only is it decorated with a favourite subject of the Daoguang emperor, it also bears the reign mark. The emperor and his favourite consort were very fond of doves and Pekinese dogs respectively; see Sale 2, lot 50. Here we have a typical scene showing the dog with bells on his collar so that the doves get a little warning of an unprovoked attack. Even a favourite imperial concubine would hesitate to allow her pet to kill the emperor's favourite birds, which he bred as a hobby.

    This extremely unusual form for a gourd reflects a popular one from the first half of the nineteenth century, for which we have coined the name 'snuff pots'. They are squat forms with unusually wide mouths (see discussion under Treasury 6, no. 1305) that became popular during the first half of the nineteenth century. There are also ceramic bottles known that are obviously copies of moulded gourds, although gourd examples from the particular mould that inspired them do not seem to have survived (see, for instance, Treasury 6, no. 1344). They also have Daoguang marks that are remarkably close to the idiosyncratic style of this one, with its distinctive, rather loose writing of the second character, and there can be no question that they were copied from existing gourd snuff bottles. For another gourd bottle datable to the Daoguang period by a similar design in pyrography, see Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty 1978, no. 134.

    This type of stopper, many of which are known, appears to have been designed originally for these snuff pots, although they also appear on other types. With nonmatching stoppers, however, it is extremely difficult to judge what type was originally designed for which type of bottle, because they have been changed frequently over the years by owners, dealers, and collectors.

    葫蘆模製獅子狗與鴿子罐形鼻煙壺

    葫蘆、黑漆、鹿角;平唇,平底,凸圈足,以四片模範製成; 模印"道 光年製"楷款;內壁施黑漆,唇及短短的頸內裝有鹿角
    御製品,宮廷作坊作,北京, 1821–1850
    高:4.68 厘米
    口經/唇經:1.59/2.72 厘米
    蓋: 鹿角料與象牙

    狀態敘述: 唇呈磨耗;葫蘆上沿接唇處有所脫落,大概是原來所為,經過歲月的觸摸以後,壺身呈磨損,凸出處有所磨蝕與磨耗。 總體品相: 良好

    來源:
    Raymond Li, Hong Kong (1976)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    文獻:
    Li 1976, p. 20, 編號 31
    JICSBS, March 1976, p. 19
    Hong Kong 1977, pp. 110 and 130, 編號 266
    Jutheau 1980, p. 137, fig. 5
    Très précieuses tabatières chinoises 1982, p. 20, fig. 236
    Li 1983, p. 21, fig. 24
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 201
    Treasury 7, 編號 1506

    展覽:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October 1977
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, October 1987
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993

    說明:
    第二場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 50 引陳瀏《陶雅》曰﹕"成廟喜鴿,而貴嬪喜小狗。故當時瓷盌多畫此二物" ;顯然,模範製成的葫蘆鼻煙罐也飾以喜鴿與小狗。關於十九世紀前半葉始流行的鼻煙罐,請參見 Treasury 6, 編號 1305。也有模仿模範製葫蘆煙壺的陶瓷煙壺,參見Treasury 6, 編號 1344。它們也帶道光年款。道光類似圖案烙畫葫蘆煙壺有 Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty 1978, 編號 134。
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