A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799
Lot 138
A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799
Sold for HK$ 600,000 (US$ 77,418) inc. premium
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A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799 A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799 A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799
Lot Details
A carved 'famille-rose' enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle
Imperial, palace workshops, Guyue xuan mark, Beijing, 1775–1799
6.03cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1102

    玻璃胎雕畫貓蝶富貴圖鼻煙壺
    御製品,宮廷作坊,紅彩「古月軒」楷款,北京,1777~1799

    A carved famille rose enamelled glass 'cat' snuff bottle

    ('Long-Lived Cat ')

    Famille rose enamels on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; carved in relief with a continuous partial design, coloured and completed with enamels, of a butterfly flying above a cat standing on the grassy top of a perforated, convoluted rock formation in a garden with a blossoming prunus tree, flowering poppies, and grass; the foot inscribed in pale, iron-red regular script Guyue xuan ('Ancient Moon Pavilion')
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1775–1799
    Height: 6.03 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.65/1.85 cm
    Stopper: gilt copper, chased with a design of three bats, with a formalized floral finial

    Condition:miniscule nibbles to the inside of the lip;small chip to the upper bud on the side without the cat, partially ground off;minor wear to surface enamels, and the usual fading of the mark, particularly the centre character,yue, but none of it too obtrusive.General relative condition: reasonably good

    Provenance:
    Gerd Lester
    Sotheby's, New York, 17 March 1997, lot 51

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1102

    Commentary
    This broad, flattened spherical form was a popular one within the classic Guyue xuan group, having the advantage of offering the artist more surface for his composition. In common with most of this group, the enamels are technically under excellent control; it takes a magnifying glass to discover even minor technical imperfections (the slight bubbling of the pink enamel of the prunus blossoms, for instance, which is more subtle than the technical failings in many of the earlier eighteenth-century wares and gives an appropriate textural effect). This bottle, like so many, exhibits apparent scratching of the surface prior to enamelling.

    The double-plane group was probably made for only a relatively short period of time from some time after about 1775 perhaps until the death of the emperor in 1799. There are several other poplar designs for this relief group.

    玻璃胎雕畫貓蝶富貴圖鼻煙壺

    透亮的白玻璃胎畫琺瑯; 平唇,平斂底,突出圈足,圈足底完全接觸地面; 底書紅彩"古月軒"楷款
    御製品,宮廷作坊作,北京,1775–1799
    高:6.03 厘米
    口經/唇經:0.65/1.85 厘米
    蓋:鎏金銅,鏤刻三隻蝙蝠, 有形式化的花朵頂飾

    狀態敘述: 唇內呈微乎其微的咬痕;無貓一面,最上邊的花蕾有小缺口一部分磨掉了;畫琺瑯 彩呈微乎其微的磨損,底款呈現常見的磨損,特別是月字,並不太引人注目。總體品相良好。

    來源:
    Gerd Lester
    Sotheby's, New York, 17 March 1997, 拍賣品號 51

    文獻:
    Treasury 6, 編號 1102

    說明:
    像很多的鼻煙壺一樣,本壺呈現畫琺瑯彩下的抓痕。浮雕式的古月軒煙壺大概是從大約1775年到1799年左右製的,還有別的圖案。
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