A porcelain snuff bottle with roosters 19th century
Lot 137
A porcelain snuff bottle with roosters 1912-1948
Sold for US$ 625 inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of Dr. Edward A. Kopinitz
A porcelain snuff bottle with roosters
1912-1948
Of tapering cylindrical form, with a rounded everted lip and a round unglazed foot rim, the body decorated with five cockerels in a garden setting in overglaze enamels.
3 1/8 (8.1cm) high

Footnotes

  • 瓷胎畫琺琅雄雞紋鼻煙壺

    For a similar bottle, see the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, March 1976, p. 21 fig 114.

    Five roosters (wugong) is synonymous with the term 'five lords' and thus can often be an allusion to high government position. It is plausible that this bottle may have been a presentation gift to an aspiring civil service examination candidate. See also Ka Bo Tsang, "The chicken and its manifold meaning", International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, Autumn 1993, pp 4-17.
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