A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
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A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
Sold for HK$ 75,000 (US$ 9,675) inc. premium
Auction Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
Lot Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle
Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
5.91cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1336

    瓷胎模製粉彩龍戲珠紋鼻煙壺
    景德鎮宮窯,礬紅「道光年製」篆款,1821~1850

    A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle

    Emerald green, aubergine-purple, iron-red, black, and white enamels on colourless glaze on porcelain; with a flat lip and flat foot; moulded and painted with a continuous design of an imperial five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl; the foot inscribed in iron-red seal script, Daoguang nian zhi ('Made during the Daoguang period'); the lip glazed; the inner neck and interior unglazed
    Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, 1821–1850
    Height: 5.91 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.69/1.63 cm
    Stopper: carnelian

    Condition: small areas of wear to the relief; otherwise, kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Trojan Collection

    Published:
    Hall 1992, no. 63
    Kleiner 1995, no. 213
    Treasury 6, no. 1336

    Exhibited:
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    The fashion for moulded porcelain bottles seems to have lost its steam in the early years of the Daoguang period. It is likely that, early in the reign, moulding techniques were adapted to the more painterly taste of the Daoguang court in simpler bottles of this type and then abandoned almost entirely. This striking design, with the dragon moulded in relief before being enamelled, may date from the earlier part of the reign, before that shift was well underway. Another possible indication that it is from early rather than late in the reign is the fact that it is one of the few Daoguang imperial porcelain bottles that is not glazed inside, perhaps a hangover from the earlier mid-Qing style.

    In this simple version of a moulded porcelain, almost the entire design, right down to the whiskers of the dragon, is moulded, defining the beast for the enameller. Just to keep us all on our toes, however, the enameller has to some extent ignored the moulded relief of the mane between the horns and given the beast a rather more impressive series of three tufts of hair that fly upward onto the flat ground. Some of the wisps of beard beneath the dragon's jaw likewise refuse to stay in place.

    This typical Daoguang imperial dragon, bold, powerful, and vital and with a large and fierce-looking head, is an extremely effective design, and was obviously sufficiently popular to inspire different versions. Many examples are known from several different moulds, as listed under this bottle in Treasury 6.
    Because of the prominent relief, these bottles are often rather worn (particularly the vulnerable iron-red versions). Pushing all the enamels proud of the surface ensures that if the bottle is well used, the effects on the enamels will be exaggerated. This can hardly have come as a surprise to potters or their patron by the 1820s. By that time, the susceptibility to wear of those made in the previous thirty years or so would probably have become apparent from the old porcelain snuff bottles still in use. It is possible that this was one of the reasons moulded porcelain bottles became far less fashionable during the Daoguang reign.

    瓷胎模製粉彩龍戲珠紋鼻煙壺

    瓷胎無色釉上琺瑯彩;平唇,平底,模印、繪通體五爪龍搶焰珠;底書礬紅"道光年製" 篆款;唇施釉內頸、內壁不施釉

    景德鎮官窯,1821–1850
    高﹕ 5.91 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.69/1.63 厘米
    蓋: 紅白玉髓

    狀態敘述:凸出處呈小小損耗的狀況;此外,出窯狀態

    來源﹕
    特落伊珍藏

    文獻﹕
    Hall 1992, 編號63
    Kleiner 1995, 編號213
    Treasury 6, 編號1336

    展覽﹕
    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﹕
    模製鼻煙壺在道光時期越來越不時髦了,可能是因為到了那時候大家都意識到,模製瓷器胎上的琺瑯料易受損耗。本壺大概是道光初年燒製的。內壁不施釉也是這個推測的旁證。


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