A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799
Lot 158
A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799
Sold for HK$ 40,000 (US$ 5,161) inc. premium
Auction Details
A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799 A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799 A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799 A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799 A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799
Lot Details
A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760-1799
4.39cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1170

    瓷胎模製醬釉柳編紋罐式鼻煙壺
    擬御製品,景德鎮,1760~1799

    A moulded brown porcelain 'woven basket' snuff bottle

    Celadon-green and brown glazes on beige porcelain; with a slightly convex lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding convex footrim; moulded in the form of a hu-shaped vase wrapped in a protective basketweave container with two mask-and-ring handles on the basket, which is all glazed brown; the shoulders, neck, lip, inside of the neck, foot, and footrim all covered in celadon green glaze that extends into the inner neck; the interior unglazed
    Probably imperial, Jingdezhen, 1760–1799
    Height: 4.39 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.74/1.18 cm
    Stopper: stained bone; coral finial

    Condition: small bruise and relevant crack on footrim with crack running from just above it on the body to the lip; tiny chips in the mouth and nostril on one lion mask; glaze has worn from the raised relief

    Provenance:
    Doyle, New York (1981)
    Gerd Lester (1986)

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1170

    The basketweave design is one clue that this particular bottle may be imperial, for this was a popular motif at the court in the mid-Qing on a number of bottles made of various materials. (See Treasury 1, nos. 97 and 98.) An even more persuasive reason for believing that this bottle is imperial is the existence of another bottle that is apparently from the same mould, but with the addition of famille-rose enamelled details, bearing a Qianlong reign mark in gold enamel (Kleiner 1999, no. 138, also in Chinese Snuff Bottles, no. 5, p. 74, fig 88). If the present bottle was made from that same imperial mould, we are justified in classifying it as imperial, mark or no mark.

    The basketweave design may have become popular at court as early as the beginning of the Yongzheng period: an entry in the imperial Archives for 1723 (first month, ninth day) records the emperor receiving from Prince Yi an 'enamelled red glass oil-basket style snuff bottle'. (The purpose of the basketweave or wickerwork casing is to protect a vessel containing liquids.) This description may very well refer to a basketweave design; however, it must be kept in mind that it may also characterize a particular shape of bottle rather than its decoration.

    While the spectacular famille-rose version of the bottle is extremely handy in identifying and dating this one, there is a special appeal to this plainer version, as Kleiner points out, particularly in the use of the brown glaze for the basket, which resembles woven straw and adds a touch of verisimilitude. It is possible that the potters at Jingdezhen were instructed in this case, as happened so often in other cases, to make variations with different styles of decoration and included one that is realistic.

    瓷胎模製醬釉柳編紋罐形鼻煙壺

    米色陶胎青瓷色、棕色釉;微凸唇,平斂底,突出凸面圈足;模製柳編紋裏壺形瓶,籃子具兩把獸首啣環耳 ;肩、頸、唇、內頸、底、圈足皆施青瓷色釉,內壁不施釉
    擬為御製品,景德鎮,1760–1799
    高﹕ 4.39 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.74/1.18 厘米
    蓋:染色骨;珍珠頂飾

    狀態敘述:圈足呈小擦傷和相關的裂縫,其上有一直到唇延伸的裂縫,一獸首口、鼻孔呈細小的缺口,壺表凸出處磨損了釉

    來源﹕
    Doyle, New York (1981)
    Gerd Lester (1986)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號1170

    說明﹕
    柳編紋是清中葉宮中煙壺常見的圖案;參閱 Treasury 1, 編號97 及 98。有出於同一模子的一件粉彩煙壺帶金彩乾隆底款﹕Kleiner 1999, 編號138 及Chinese Snuff Bottles, 編號5, 頁 74, 圖 88。本壺比那件素樸,很耐看。可見,景德鎮的畫瓷匠是奉旨,模製煙壺雖出於一模範還要有所變化。



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