A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800
Lot 25
A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800
Sold for HK$ 237,500 (US$ 30,642) inc. premium
Auction Details
A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800 A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook  Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800
Lot Details
A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring and belt hook
Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700-1800
5.09cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 80

    黃玉獸耳銜環鼻煙壺、煙碟、扳指、戒指及帶鉤
    擬御製品,傳宮廷作坊,北京, 1700~1800

    A yellow nephrite snuff bottle, dish, thumb ring, finger ring, and belt hook

    Nephrite; very well hollowed, with a recessed foot; carved with mask-and-ring handles
    Probably imperial; attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1700–1800
    Height: 5.09 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.95/1.43 cm
    Stopper: pearl; turquoise matrix collar

    Condition: Bottle: tiny chip on foot, but otherwise excellent workshop condition. Dish and archer's ring: some natural flaws, and the carving well worn in places on the ring. Plain ring and belt hook: workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Arthur Gadsby
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 2 May 1991, lot 220

    Published:
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 58
    Treasury 1, no. 80

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1997

    This bottle fits comfortably into the style of wares attributable to the palace workshops. It is of the yellow jade beloved of the Qing court and particularly of the Qianlong emperor. It has been very well hollowed through an unusually wide mouth, but it also has a distinctly heavy foot area (0.06 cm). It has a crisp, flared foot that is deeper than usual, and the mask-and-ring handles are individualistic, very carefully carved, with circular rings, perhaps reflecting familiarity with the many styles of ancient bronzes in the imperial collection.

    This bottle comes from the collection of Arthur Gadsby, a pioneer in matching up snuff bottles with snuff dishes in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s (see Arts of Asia, January–February 1971, pp. 33–35). He even went a stage further, trying to match up bottles and dishes with a wider range of personal accessories. This bottle comes with as wide a range as is known, which includes a snuff dish, a thumb ring, a small finger ring and a belt hook. The only common factor is the colour of the material. The dish matches the bottle reasonably well (although it fails to match its quality and elegance). The small patch of brown on one side of the bottle allows the belt hook to be a reasonable match as well, although the latter has far more brown colouring. The two rings then match to some extent the belt-hook, but no longer the bottle. The period range is also far too wide to allow them to be viewed as other than a very personal 'set', since the thumb ring is probably Ming or earlier, and the belt hook is also probably pre-Qing. The main problem, however, with such companions is that they tend to diminish the bottle. The bottle itself is as beautifully made and as elegant as any attributable to the palace, and it is perhaps a disservice to match it to works of art that are not in the same class. As a rule, great works of art should be dealt with individually unless originally conceived in partnership, and here we are dealing with individual works of art. Gadsby's efforts should not be dismissed as meaningless, however, because the assembling of these sets was a creative act in itself.

    黃玉獸耳銜環鼻煙壺、煙碟、搬指、戒指及帶鈎

    閃玉;掏膛徹底 , 斂底;雕獸首啣環耳
    擬為御製品;推定為宮廷作坊作的,北京,1700–1800
    高﹕ 5.09 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.95/1.43 厘米
    蓋: 珍珠;綠松石巖石座

    狀態敘述:壺﹕底部有細小的缺口,此外極好的出坊狀態。鼻煙碟及扳指﹕有天然的瑕疵,扳指上的圖案有些地方呈磨損。光素戒指與帶鉤﹕出坊狀態

    來源﹕
    Arthur Gadsby
    香港蘇富比, 1991年5 月2 日, 拍賣品號 220

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號58
    Treasury 1, 編號80

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年

    說明﹕
    本件鼻煙壺符合可推測為宮廷作坊製品的風格,也是清朝,特別是高宗所珍惜的黃玉。口例外寬, 掏膛徹底,底部特別重 (有0.06 厘米厚). 外撇的足比常規深,獸首啣環耳雕得很細心,好像治玉的人對皇家珍藏的古代青銅禮器很熟悉。

    本壺是從香港收藏者Arthur Gadsby的珍藏來的。Gadsby氏是在1960、1970年代配合煙壺和煙碟的先驅者 (參見 Arts of Asia, January–February 1971, 頁 33–35). 他也更進一步試圖把煙壺、煙碟和更多種類的配件相配,本壺配合的有鼻煙碟、韘、小戒指以及帶鉤。這件碟子沒有煙壺的品質那麼好,但這些物件或多或少都有相近的黃色。只是它們製作的時期各個不同,韘(小扳,亦作小搬)大概是明代的或者更早的,帶鉤也大概是清以前的,因此,這一套沒有歷史意義,只不過是具有個人特質的一套古董。遺憾的是,把這件藝術價值極高的鼻煙壺跟那麼多下一等級的物品拼湊在一起,會讓人忽略煙壺的優質。不過,Gadsby氏努力的成果不要蔑視, 也是一種創造性的行動吧。

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