A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722
Lot 166
A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722
Sold for HK$ 1,820,000 (US$ 234,726) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722 A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722 A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722 A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722 A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722
A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle
Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark and of the period, 1710-1722
5.13cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1066

    銅鍍金胎畫琺瑯紫地白梅圖鼻煙壺
    御製品,北京宮廷造辦處,藍彩「康熙御製」楷款,1710~1722

    A 'famille-rose' enamelled copper and gold 'blossoming prunus' snuff bottle

    Famille-rose enamels on copper, with gold; with a flat lip and slightly recessed, slightly concave foot surrounded by a protruding convex footrim; painted with the continuous design of a blossoming prunus tree on a ruby-red ground, the foot inscribed in blue regular script Kangxi yuzhi ('Made by imperial command of the Kangxi emperor'), the interior covered with a patchy, pale turquoise-blue enamel, the interior of the neck with an additional metal lining below the lip, the exposed lip and inner neck gilt, the original copper foot encased in a separate gold footrim
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1710–1722
    Height: 5.13 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.79/1.25 cm
    Stopper: gilt bronze; chased with a formalized floral design; original

    Condition: small area of damage at the very top the neck; some damage extremely well repaired, including an area of white beside the mark, on approximately 20% of the surface; some pitting to surface

    Provenance:
    Property of a lady of title
    Christie's, London, 26 January 1976, lot 66
    Hugh Moss (1981)
    The Belfort Collection (1986)

    Published:
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, no. 4
    Très précieuses tabatières chinoises, p. 19, no. 247
    La Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, 4 June 1982
    JICSBS, Winter 1986, front cover
    Kleiner 1987, no. 1
    Orientations, October 1987, p. 44, no. 15
    Galeries Lafayette 1990, p. 7, no. 4
    Arts of Asia, September–October 1990, p. 96
    Kleine Schätze aus China, p. 42 and front cover
    CA Live
    Die Mitarbeiterzeitung der Creditanstalt, Nr. 3 1993, p. 11
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 1
    Oriental Art, Spring 1994, p. 34
    Kleiner 1994a, p. 14, fig. 2.1
    Kleiner 1995, no. 1
    JICSBS, Autumn 2000, p. 5, fig. 6
    Treasury 6, no. 1066

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October–December 1978
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    This is one of the most spectacular and intriguing of all Kangxi palace snuff bottles, and the only surviving enamelled metal snuff bottle with a continuous design (as opposed to panels of decoration surrounded by formalized floral designs). It is also striking because of its ruby-red ground – again the only example known from the period on an enamelled metal snuff bottle, although there is an unmarked enamelled glass snuff bottle with a ruby-red ground in the imperial collection (Chang Lin-sheng 1991, p. 111, no. 73). It also has unusually thick gilding covering, in a rare departure from standard practise, on the entire interior of the neck (whose metal lining is unusual) as well as the lip and upper neck rim. The stopper is similarly gilt and is not only obviously the original, but still has what appears to be its original palace-style spoon of the right length and style, with the shaft giving way to a broad, concave, pear-shaped bowl of a type that persisted into the Qianlong period as a standard for enamels on metal and for palace spoons in general. The original copper foot was unusually thin in this case, and the thick gilding elsewhere seems to have prompted the addition of a separate solid-gold fillet fitted over the copper rim.

    銅胎畫琺瑯紫地白梅圖鼻煙壺

    銅胎畫琺瑯,加金;平唇,平微斂底,突出圈足,突出凸面圈足;畫通體寶石紅地梅花,底書藍彩 "康熙御製" 楷款;內壁施斑駁的淡綠松石藍琺瑯料 ,頸內唇下加金屬內襯,無琺瑯料的唇與內頸鎏金;原件的銅足包以黃金圈足
    御製品,宮廷作坊,北京,1710–1722
    高﹕ 5.13 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.79/1.25 厘米
    蓋: 鎏金青銅; 鏤刻形式化的花朵;原件

    狀態敘述:頸上端有一點損耗 ;壺表面百分之二十有精致的損耗修理,包括款旁邊的白色部分; 表面有所點狀缺陷

    來源﹕
    有頭銜的夫人所有
    倫敦佳士得,1976年1月26日,拍賣品號 66
    Hugh Moss (1981)
    Belfort 珍藏 (1986)

    文獻﹕
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 編號4
    Très précieuses tabatières chinoises, 頁 19, 編號247
    La Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, 4 June 1982
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1986年冬期,封面
    Kleiner 1987, 編號1
    Orientations, October 1987, 頁 44, 編號15
    Galeries Lafayette 1990, 頁 7, 編號4
    Arts of Asia, September–October 1990, 頁 96
    Kleine Schätze aus China, 頁 42 and 封面
    CA Live
    Die Mitarbeiterzeitung der Creditanstalt, Nr. 3 1993, 頁 11
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號1
    Oriental Art, Spring 1994, 頁 34
    Kleiner 1994a, 頁 14, 圖2.1
    Kleiner 1995, 編號1
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 2000年秋期,頁 5, 圖6
    Treasury 6, 編號1066

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1978年10月~12月
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    大英博物館,1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年7月~月11月

    說明﹕
    這是最奪目、最有意思的康熙宮廷鼻煙壺之一,而且是僅有的存世通體圖案金胎畫琺瑯煙壺。它的寶石紅地也是耀眼的,在那時期是獨一無二的,儘管故宮珍藏收藏一件無款的玻璃胎畫琺瑯煙壺 也具寶石紅地 (張臨生 1991, 頁 111, 編號73)。

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