A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795
Lot 52
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795
Sold for HK$ 287,500 (US$ 37,012) inc. premium

Lot Details
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795 A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795
A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle
Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1770-1795
5.9cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1162

    瓷胎模製粉彩竹石水仙圖鼻煙壺
    景德鎮官窯,礬紅「乾隆年製」篆款,1770~1795

    A moulded 'famille-rose' porcelain 'garden scene' snuff bottle

    Famille-rose enamels on colourless glaze on cobalt on porcelain; with a slightly convex lip and convex rectangular foot; moulded on each side with a slightly recessed convex panel featuring an identical garden scene including a natural rock formation, lingzhi, bamboo, and narcissus on a speckled pale-green bank, the panels surrounded by an underglaze-blue formalized floral design detailed in gold enamel; the lip with a pale-brown glaze painted with gold enamel; the foot inscribed in iron-red seal script Qianlong nian zhi ('Made during the Qianlong period'); the interior unglazed
    Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, 1770–1795
    Height: 5.9 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.74/1.75 cm
    Stopper: coral; vinyl collar

    Condition: gilding worn on lip and around the blue decoration on the sides; slight wear on the enamels in relief areas. General relative condition: excellent

    Provenance:
    Robert Kleiner (1991)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 194
    Treasury 6, no. 1162

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

    This is the second example in the Bloch Collection of this relatively rare, impressive early group of moulded porcelain bottles discussed under the other example in the collection, Sale 3, lot 140. This group is precursor to fully developed works of art in the Jiaqing reign.

    We believe that the reversal of the 'S' element in the lower-left quadrant of the character Qian of a Qianlong reign mark indicates that the bottle bearing the mark was made between the abdication of Hongli in 1795 and his death in 1799, when technically the Jiaqing reign of his successor had already begun. In this particular case, the 'S' element is not reversed but written in the standard manner for the Qianlong reign. Our theory would therefore indicate that this bottle was produced before 1795. It represents an early phase in the evolution of moulded porcelain snuff bottles, so a date from earlier in the second half of the reign is feasible. As with so many creative innovations in the evolution of the snuff bottle, it was the Qianlong emperor who first explored the potential of moulded decoration for snuff bottles, even if it was under his son, the Jiaqing emperor, that the art reached its pinnacle.

    These earlier moulded porcelain snuff bottles, discreet, low-relief affairs where the enamelling predominates over the moulding, often have the same design on both sides, taken, presumably, from a single mould. This is often obscured by the fact that the enamelling seldom precisely follows the moulding. Producing wares in sets of ten or twenty at a time, the enameller obviously became familiar with the scene and varied the details of his brushwork, only broadly following the shallow relief. Judging the moulds is also made more difficult by the fact that a thick layer of some enamels, blue in particular, can be almost as high in relief as the moulded design itself, so where the painter has added heavy blue enamel to the rock, for instance, it becomes difficult to tell moulding from enamelling, especially when working from illustrations. In this particular case, we are reasonably confident that a single mould was used for both sides, despite the apparent differences.

    瓷胎模製粉彩竹石水仙圖鼻煙壺

    瓷胎鈷料上無色釉上粉彩;微凸唇,凸底;兩正面模製同一個花卉圖案,開光外飾青花花紋,釉上加金彩細節,唇施淡棕釉,再塗金琺瑯彩,底書礬紅 "乾隆年製" 篆款 ,內壁不施釉
    景德鎮官窯,1770–1795
    高﹕ 5.9 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.74/1.75 厘米
    蓋: 珊瑚; 乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 唇上、側面上,金彩損耗 ,凸出處的琺瑯料呈微乎其微的損耗。一般性相對的狀態﹕極善

    來源﹕
    Robert Kleiner (1991)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號194
    Treasury 6, 編號1162

    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﹕
    伯樂珍藏所藏代表這批稀有而悅目的十期模製鼻煙壺的第一件已經在第三場拍賣會推出,見第三場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 140。這是所藏第二件。這一批煙壺是嘉慶朝成熟的製品的先驅。

    乾隆底款到了十八世紀晚年才出現一種異體字,就是 "乾"字下左的 'S' 成分是翻轉的。我們推測,這是弘曆退位後的寫法。本壺的底款沒有那種翻轉,因此我們推測是1795年以前製的。
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