A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820
Lot 16
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,351) inc. premium

Lot Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle
Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Jiaqing iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1796-1820
7.6cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1212

    瓷胎模製粉彩文會圖鼻煙壺
    景德鎮宮窯,礬紅「嘉慶年製」篆款,1796~1820

    A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'scholarly pastime' snuff bottle

    Famille-rose enamels on colourless glaze on porcelain; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding convex footrim; moulded and painted with two scenes linked together at the narrow sides to give the impression of a continuous rocky waterside landscape, one with three men in a canopied boat with a servant dozing off on a stool in the prow and a young woman steering in the stern, the other with a scholar on a garden terrace inscribing a rock face, his servant standing behind him holding his inkstone; with an irregular band of formalized clouds around the neck; the foot inscribed in iron-red seal script, Jiaqing nian zhi ('Made during the Jiaqing period'); the lip painted gold; the interior unglazed save for one accidental splash of glaze near the foot
    Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
    Height: 7.6 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.66/1.9 cm
    Stopper: gold and iron-red enamels on glaze on porcelain, moulded with a formalized chrysanthemum design; contemporaneous, but possibly not the original

    Condition: chip in lip restored, 0.7cm x 0.2cm; two small chips on boat canopy, tiny chip to boat boy's elbow and one tea cup, and larger chip on the right-hand side of the boat canopy.

    Provenance:
    Private American collection
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1988)

    Published:
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 160
    JICSBS, Winter 2004, p. 21, fig. 9
    Treasury 6, no. 1212

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

    One of the many impressive moulded porcelain bottles of the Jiaqing period, this design shows what may be the Song poet Su Shi (1037–1101), also known as Su Dongpo, taking a boat ride with two companions to the Red Cliff (a place with historical significance, located in the suburbs of Huanggang county in Hubei province). Su Shi made two such visits and wrote two prose poems about them that, becoming immensely famous, cemented the main events of the trips into popular culture forever. Here we see the poet and his two companions setting out on their second visit (see Treasury 5, no. 1055, and Jonathan Chaves, 'Boating Beneath The Red Cliff', JICSBS, Winter 2004, pp. 18–23).

    On the other side is a scene of a scholar lifting his brush to inscribe a rock face with calligraphy while his servant stands behind him holding an inkstone full, no doubt, of ground ink.

    These scenes of boating with friends and inscribing poems not only summon to the Chinese mind eminent historical figures remembered for having participated in these activities, they are also reminiscent of some of the favourite pastimes pursued by intellectuals.

    This is one of the largest of the Jiaqing moulds, being a compressed ovoid form with a wider profile than most, allowing a larger 'canvas' for the design; one only has to compare this with Sale 3, lot 91, to see to what good effect the extra width has been put, particularly with the boating scene, where it is no longer necessary to place the boat aslant in order to fit it comfortably into the space. It is possible that this broader form evolved partly in order to keep Su Shi's boat horizontal.

    This bottle is in unusually good condition; apart from some minimal abrasions to protruding detail, we are seeing the bottle in much the same state as when it would have been delivered to the Jiaqing emperor. The only question is the stopper, which is of the right period and suitable to the bottle but may not be the original. In all cases where we can be certain of an original stopper, the stopper is either of the same diameter as the lip or slightly larger, to make removal easier. Here it is a little smaller. A small solid-porcelain stopper may shrink in the firing as much as twenty per cent, and it is possible that not all stoppers turned out to be perfect fits, but by the time this bottle was made, the potters were well aware of this and would almost certainly have been able to make stoppers fit perfectly.

    There is an intriguing version of this subject on a smaller scale that, judging from its similarity to a few known Daoguang moulded porcelain bottles of the same type, probably dates from late in the Jiaqing reign (see for instance, Christie's, London, 7 June 1993, lot 246). In a rare departure from the usual formats for reign marks, it is marked Da Qing Jiaqing ('Jiaqing, Qing dynasty'). At times during the mid-Qing period, nonstandard reign marks were used both on porcelains and other wares. Although we know a second mould existed for this design, most seem to be from this mould, insofar as it is possible to be sure when comparing illustrations rather than the original bottles. For other examples see Sotheby's, New York, 27 October 1986, lot 16 (from the Szekeres Collection); Vanessa Holden 2002, no. 230; Rachelle Holden 1994, no. 151; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 27 September 1978, lot 170; Christie's, Hong Kong, 18 March 1991, lot 411; Christie's, New York, 3 June 1993, lot 315; and Christie's, New York, 21 March 2000, lot 26, (from the Holden Collection).

    For another example, from a slightly simplified and less impressive mould, see Hanhai, Beijing, 24 October 1996, lot 20.

    瓷胎模製粉彩高士文人鼻煙壺

    瓷胎無色釉上粉彩琺瑯; 平唇 ,平斂底,突出凸面圈足;模製而畫二景致,其一繪推測為蘇軾第二次遊赤壁的景色,其二為高士書壁圖; 底書礬紅 "嘉慶年製" 篆款;唇塗金彩,內壁不施釉,只有靠近底部潑了一點釉
    景德鎮官窯,1796–1820
    高﹕ 7.6 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.66/1.9 厘米
    蓋:瓷胎釉上金、礬紅琺瑯彩,模印形式化的菊花紋,與壺同時代作,但非原件

    狀態敘述:唇呈修補的缺口,0.7厘米 x 0.2厘米; 舟棚呈三道小缺口,二小一大,舟童的手肘和一茶杯都有細小的缺口

    來源﹕
    美國藏家
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1988)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號160
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 2004年冬期,頁 21, 圖9
    Treasury 6, 編號1212

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

    說明﹕
    這是嘉慶朝最大的模子之一,題供比較寬闊的畫幅, 可以跟第三場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 91對比。而且,本壺的狀況意外地好。

    同題材可相比的煙壺還有可推定為嘉慶末製的倫敦佳士得,1993年6月7日,拍賣品號 246;紐約蘇富比,1986年10月27日, 拍賣品號 16 ; Vanessa Holden 2002, 編號230; Rachelle Holden 1994, 編號151; 紐約蘇富比.帕克.波納, 1978年9月27日, 拍賣品號 170; 香港佳士得,1991年3月18日,拍賣品號 411; 紐約佳士得,1993年6月3日, 拍賣品號 315; 以及紐約佳士得,2000年3月21日, 拍賣品號 26。稍微簡化的有北京翰海, 1996年10月24日, 拍賣品號 20.

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