An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850
Lot 130
An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,725) inc. premium

Lot Details
An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850 An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850 An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850 An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle 1730-1850
An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle
1730-1850
5.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 1061

    仿瑪瑙玻璃罐式鼻煙壺

    An amber-brown glass 'cricket cage' snuff bottle

    Transparent amber-brown glass with a few small air bubbles and semi- transparent, milky white glass; very well hollowed, with a ridged lip and small concave foot; carved in the form of a gourd cricket cage, its neck made up of a separate piece
    1730-1850
    Height: 5.2 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.67/3.2 cm
    Stopper: stained bone or walrus ivory, carved with a free-standing, severed leafy branch with three peaches

    Condition: three tiny chips on the raised rim on lip; long thread of black coloured glass running from lip to central body, probably intentional part of the original process; the usual surface abrasions and small scratches from age and wear

    Provenance:
    Marian Mayer Collection, no.589
    Richard Bourne, Hyannis, Mass., 14 December 1988, lot 199
    Robert Hall (1989)

    Published:
    Hall 1989, no. 100
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 90
    JICSBS, Summer 1998, p. 13
    Treasury 5, no. 1061

    Exhibited:
    J. J. Lally & Co., New York, October 1989
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March-June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994-February 1995

    This unusual bottle represents a rare instance of two different segments being fixed together - apparently with glue - rather than bonded while in the liquid state by the glassmaker, in the manner in which cameo-overlays were prepared for the carver. Today, several bottles of this type are known, most of them modern copies of this one or the other genuine example (Geng and Zhao 1992, no. 11, also illustrated in JICSBS, Summer 1998, p. 13, fig. 30, where the number cited for Geng's book is incorrect, but where this example is also illustrated, providing a convenient comparison).

    Brown glass of this type was typical of the imperial glassworks, and this might be an early, imperial response to palace gourds rather than a later one to the widespread nineteenth-century type. Although we leave a fairly wide dating range to reflect this uncertainty, we suspect a mid-Qing date to be the most likely, since both of the old bottles have what appear to be original stoppers that reflect the higher-relief, more artistic, and emphatic covers of the later, more popular gourds. Most of the more convincing Kangxi-marked examples have very simple, primarily functional lids displaying neither high-flying relief work nor piercing (see for instance, Tsang and Moss 1983, p. 62 and 63, nos. 21 – 23), suggesting fancier covers to have been a feature of the popularization of the art-form from the mid-Qing period onwards. The lid here is a delightful, well-carved example in walrus ivory, a popular mid-Qing material for a variety of small works of art, including snuff bottles and large numbers of dishes.



    仿瑪瑙玻璃罐形鼻煙壺

    涵一些小氣泡的透明棕紅玻璃和半透明混濁不清的白玻璃;掏膛徹底 , 唇有小棱角,小凹底,雕葫蘆蟋蟀 蘢子,頸部可脫去
    1730-1850
    高﹕ 5.2 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.67/3.2 厘米
    蓋: 沁染骨或海象牙,雕折枝桃子

    狀態敘述:唇棱有三道微乎其微的缺口,從唇到壺腹有一條黑線,大概是故意的,經過歲月的觸摸以後,呈尋常的擦傷

    來源﹕
    Marian Mayer 珍藏, no.589
    Richard Bourne, Hyannis, Mass., 1988年12月14日,拍賣品號 199
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1989)

    文獻﹕
    Hall 1989, 編號100
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號90
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1998年夏期,頁 13
    Treasury 5, 編號1061

    展覽﹕
    J. J. Lally & Co., New York, October 1989
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994-February 1995

    說明﹕
    如今,這種以兩部分形成的 鼻煙壺只有幾件,多半是本壺或者已知的單一非偽造的復製品。見耿寶昌,趙炳華 1992, 編號11, 也發表於 《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1998年夏期, 頁 13, 圖30。

    這種玻璃是御用玻璃廠典型玻璃的一種,這也許是早期反應葫蘆煙壺型的御製品。蓋很可能是原件,是代表清中葉的風格;康熙期的蓋是比較素樸的 (如, Tsang and Moss 1983, 頁 62 及 63, 編號21 – 23)。海象牙也是清中葉特別受歡迎的。

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