A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'- splashed glass snuff bottle Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1720–1760
Lot 127
A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'-splashed glass snuff bottle Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1720–1760
Sold for HK$ 108,000 (US$ 13,933) inc. premium

Lot Details
A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'-splashed glass snuff bottle Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1720–1760 A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'-splashed glass snuff bottle Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1720–1760
A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'-splashed glass snuff bottle
Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1720–1760
3.58cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 808

    寶藍色玻璃仿灑金星磨花八角鼻煙壺
    北京宮廷玻璃作坊,1720~1760

    A faceted sapphire-blue 'aventurine'-splashed glass snuff bottle

    ('Star-spangled Angles')

    Semi-transparent dark sapphire-blue glass, suffused with air bubbles of various sizes and with a hint of crizzling on the inside surface; with a flat lip and flat, rectangular foot; the two main sides with raised, faceted oval panels surrounded by further faceting
    Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1725-1760
    Height: 3.58 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.67/1.01 cm
    Stopper: pearl; coral collar

    Condition: Insignificant straches; possible polished lip

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, London, 9 October 1974, lot 234
    White Wings Collection
    Robert Kleiner (1998)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1994a, p. 6
    Kleiner 1997, no. 37
    Treasury 5, no. 808

    Exhibited:
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, June -August 1982


    Commentary
    This is one of the rarest of all palace faceted glass bottles, being of the aventurine-glass and sapphire-blue group. The evidence strongly suggests that this type of glass was being made at the court as early as 1705 using imported aventurine-glass fragments to create the splashes. In view of additional dating criteria for this particular group, we are in a position to attribute it to the earlier part of the eighteenth century. Further indications of this early date are provided by the nature of the glass, which contains many air bubbles, some of them quite large, and also by the slightly uneven, swirly nature of the intense, purplish sapphire-blue colour.

    In the course of a painstaking examination, we have managed to convince ourselves of a hint of interior crizzling. Any sapphire-blue glass from the late Kangxi period would probably be more heavily crizzled, so this helps us narrow the dating.

    This provides a further example of a regal, ancient stopper matching a regal, ancient bottle. A gilt-bronze stopper of the type usually found on enamels on glass and metal would also have suited this bottle very well, but the pearl fulfilled a symbolic function as the finial on the emperor's court hat, and stoppers of this sort were probably originally used on bottles for the emperor.

    寶藍色玻璃仿灑金星磨花八角鼻煙壺

    半透明深藍寶石藍玻璃, 彌漫大小的氣泡;平唇,平底,器腹作扁八角式,腹兩面皆雕由四扇形組成之橢圓形開光,中央尖如錐
    北京御用玻璃作坊,1725-1760
    高:3.58 厘米
    口經/唇經:0.67/1.01 厘米
    蓋: 珍珠; 珊瑚座

    狀態敘述: 唇沿似乎被磨平,有微不足道的抓痕

    來源:
    Sotheby's, London, 9 October 1974, 拍賣品號 234
    White Wings Collection
    Robert Kleiner (1998)

    文獻:
    Kleiner 1994a, p. 6
    Kleiner 1997, 編號 37
    Treasury 5, 編號 808

    展覽:
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, June - August 1982


    說明:
    這種材料大概是從1705年以降在御用玻璃廠作的,其中的金星可以推定是用進口的砂金石碎片作的。其中的氣泡等特點也顯示,本壺是十八世紀前半的產品,因為康熙晚期的藍寶石藍玻璃一定會呈現更多的微裂紋。


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