An Imperial copper-ground 'famille rose' enamelled 'European subject' snuff bottle Guangzhou, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
Lot 383
An Imperial copper-ground 'famille rose' enamelled 'European subject' snuff bottle Guangzhou, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
HK$ 240,000 - 340,000
US$ 31,000 - 44,000
Auction Details
An Imperial copper-ground 'famille rose' enamelled 'European subject' snuff bottle Guangzhou, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
Lot Details
An Imperial copper-ground 'famille rose' enamelled 'European subject' snuff bottle
Guangzhou, Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
The tiny body of teardrop shape with a short recessed footrim, rising from wide slanted shoulders to a gently waisted neck, each side with a central panel of an European woman holding a ruyi amongst mountainous landscape, all brilliantly enamelled in vivid colours, the foot and mouth rim gilded.
4.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅胎畫廣東琺瑯西洋人物鼻煙壺 黑彩「乾隆年製」楷書款

    For a closely related Guangzhou enamelled 'European subject' snuff bottle from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, p. 115, pl. 168. The shape of the bottle, structure of the panels and the style of painting on the Palace Museum example is closely related to the current bottle, and both have four-character black-enamelled kaishu marks. It is also divulged that the Palace Museum example can be dated to 1779, because it is recorded that a customs supervisor in Guangzhou, Tu Minga, presented the Qianlong emperor with a set of Guangzhou enamelled snuff bottles. It is possible that the current bottle is one of this set.
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