A double gourd form carved rock crystal snuff bottle Imperial, Beijing Palace workshops, 18th century
Lot 8
A double gourd form carved rock crystal snuff bottle Imperial, Beijing Palace workshops, 1720-1800
Sold for US$ 45,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
Property of Dr. Martin Roshco
A double gourd form carved rock crystal snuff bottle
Imperial, Beijing Palace workshops, 1720-1800
Of compressed double gourd form, with a flat lip and a concave foot, the interior extremely well-hollowed, the exterior sides carved with floral motifs, the front and back both carved with the characters da ji 'Great Auspiciousness.'
2 1/2in (6.6cm) high

Footnotes

  • 水晶刻大吉葫蘆鼻煙壺
    京派, 御製, 十八世紀

    Provenance:
    Christie's, New York, March 21, 1997 lot 244

    A popular decorative motif in Chinese material culture, the double gourd carries allusions to longevity as a hollowed gourd would be worn by a figure carrying the elixir of immortality. Double gourds were also a frequently used form for snuff bottles and the skill of interior hollowing would challenge even the most talented craftsman. This bottle is exceptionally well-hollowed, with the interior matching the exterior form.

Saleroom notices

  • The revised bold description should read "a double-gourd glass snuff bottle" and the revised estimate is $10,000-15,000
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