A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760
Lot 68
A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760
Sold for HK$ 212,500 (US$ 27,418) inc. premium
Auction Details
A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760 A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760 A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760 A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760 A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1710-1760
Lot Details
A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle
1710-1760
4.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 786

    孔雀綠玻璃鼻煙壺

    A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle

    Opaque turquoise-green glass; with a narrow rounded lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; carved with a framed, slightly concave panel on each main side and a raised flat band across the shoulders and down each narrow side
    1710-1760
    Height: 4.5 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.75/1.04 cm
    Stopper: carnelian; vinyl collar

    Condition: tiny, insignificant chip on the frame of the circular recess; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong (1985)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 134
    Treasury 5, no. 786

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

    Circular panels framed by a raised frame were a feature of early snuff-bottle production, as we know from a Yongzheng-marked turquoise bottle in the Susan Ault Collection (Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, p. 59, no. 38). That one can be ascribed to the court, which is also by far the most likely source of this one. We think it most likely to date from the Yongzheng reign or very early Qianlong reign, although we have left a little leeway, for the usual reasons.

    The colour of this glass resembles the pale green of mineral turquoise. It would have been blown, probably into a mould, before being detailed by the lapidary. The light weight, an indication it was blown, is in this case also due to its very thin walls and unusually wide mouth, the walls of the neck being as thin as any known on a glass bottle.

    The form is intriguing, particularly in the light of the controversy over the evolution of the snuff dish. Both sides are distinctly concave and deliberately dished, and there seems no decorative reason for such a feature. Their creation would have required additional manipulation by the glassblower or lapidary, with no discernible aesthetic advantage. In this case, at least, we may safely assume the intention of the maker to have been the provision of a bottle with integral, functional snuff dishes.

    The shape is eccentric, for it leans mildly to one side, and the neck is slightly off centre. In contrast, we see confidence and skill exhibited in carving the various details, including mouth and foot. It seems that because the original blown form lacked perfect formal integrity, the carver was obliged to adjust the rather formal, abstract shapes of the surface to the asymmetry of the bottle. He has risen to the task with artistic aplomb, transforming it into a veritable gem, albeit one of endearing eccentricity. The colour is lovely, the minimal weight delightful in the hand, the wide mouth and clever series of abstract shapes well conceived, and, adding yet further to the heady aesthetic equation, the fact it originated in the early period of glassmaking provides psychologically stimulation.

    孔雀綠玻璃鼻煙壺

    不透亮綠松石綠玻璃;圓棱狹唇, 微凸斂底,突出圈足,圈足底為一圓棱; 壺體兩面突出開光,各有圓棱邊框
    1710-1760
    高﹕ 4.5 厘米
    口經/唇經: 0.75/1.04 厘米
    蓋: 紅白玉髓;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述:一邊框呈微不足道的缺口;此外,出坊狀態

    來源﹕
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong (1985)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號134
    Treasury 5, 編號786

    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﹕
    雍正時期就有圓形環繞開光的突出邊框的設計,Susan Ault 珍藏收藏一件帶雍正年款的綠松石 鼻煙壺 (Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 頁 59, 編號38)。 我們認為本壺是雍正年間或者乾隆早期製的。

    本壺的顏色很像淡色的綠松石。 是吹製的,大概是吹模的,壺壁極薄,包括頸壁,壺口也是格外地寬。兩面是凹入的,這一定是煙壺與煙碟 的結合物。

    這件煙壺也是歪歪斜斜的,似乎吹成的壺形缺乏整合性,雕師就調整了壺口、底等細節,結果是可愛的古怪形勢。

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