An amber 'boys in garden' snuff bottle 1750–1860
Lot 109
An amber 'boys in garden' snuff bottle 1750–1860
Sold for HK$ 100,000 (US$ 12,903) inc. premium
Lot Details
An amber 'boys in garden' snuff bottle
1750–1860
5.97cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1583

    琥珀庭園嬰戲圖鼻煙壺

    An amber 'boys in garden' snuff bottle

    Transparent, streaky, golden-brown, and brown amber with some internal crizzling; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly-convex foot surrounded by a protruding, broad, flat footrim; carved with a continuous garden scene in which four boys play blindman's buff
    1750–1860
    Height: 5.97 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.60/1.81 cm
    Stopper: coral; stained bone collar

    Condition: Bruise inside lip, visible only with the stopper removed; one tiny bruise and one tiny chip on outer footrim; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Zhirou zhai Collection
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1993)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 345
    Treasury 7, no. 1583

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

    The material here is likely to be burmite, the general consensus of opinion being that the majority of brown, reddish-brown, or golden-brown amber came from Burma. This subject of children playing in a garden setting also occurs on hornbill snuff bottles from the school of the Mid-Qing Hornbill Master (see under no. 1568; another example from the school was auctioned in Sale 2 as lot 125.), and there may be a closer relationship than is immediately apparent. The artist here set out to emphasize the carving and the subject matter while incorporating the natural markings in the amber positively. Taking a naturally variegated piece of amber, the artist has transformed his subject by using the darker markings as both subtle indications of depth and abstract shading. The diagonal streaks of darker brown running through parts of it also add a windswept appearance, which suits the scene ideally.

    琥珀庭園嬰戲圖鼻煙壺

    透明琥珀,壺內壁呈點細裂紋; 平唇,微凸斂底,寬平底圈足,雕通體四個兒童捉迷藏
    1750–1860
    高﹕ 5.97 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.60/1.81 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 沁染骨座

    狀態敘述:唇內呈擦傷,把蓋拿開才看得見,圈足弘壁有一小擦傷、一小缺口;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    知柔齋珍藏
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (1993)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 345
    Treasury 7, 編號 1583

    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

    按照對這種顏色的琥珀的共識,本壺大概是緬甸硬琥珀的。主題也出現在清朝中葉犀鳥頭盔雕師雕琢的犀鳥頭盔鼻煙壺(參閱 Treasury 7編號 1568及 第二場拍賣會,拍賣品號 125)。雕師是巧妙的利用質材中的的紋理來雕作更悅目的圖案。
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