An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780
Lot 110
An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780
Sold for HK$ 75,000 (US$ 9,670) inc. premium

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An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780 An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780 An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780 An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780 An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle 1730-1780
An emerald-green and sapphire-blue glass overlay snuff bottle
1730-1780
6.35cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 977

    貼彩雙色玻璃鼻煙壺

    A two-colour glass overlay snuff bottle

    Transparent brown-streaked emerald-green, sapphire blue, and colourless glass suffused with air bubbles of various sizes, many elongated; with a flat lip and flat foot; the single plane of overlay colours uncarved
    1730-1780
    Height: 6.35 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.91/1.83 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; vinyl collar

    Condition: A few short grooves in the outer neck where bubbles are cut through, but not subsequent damage; workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, London, 2 May 1985, lot 373

    Published:
    Kleiner 1987, no. 107
    Treasury 5, no. 977

    Exhibited:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993

    This is a rare example in which the carving of the overlay was never completed. The bottle offers some intriguing insights into the production process. The colourless glass ground was finished by the lapidary before the overlay colours were applied. The finish of this ground is so perfect, even beneath the thin, drawn 'threads' of glass remaining when the tool was removed from the molten overlay, that it cannot have been done afterwards. Apart from the evidence of this immaculate ground plane, one or two air bubbles have been cut through at the surface. Each one of these has left a hemispherical depression, one of which is on the body of the bottle, as opposed to the lip. Cut air bubbles are most commonly found on the lip, because the lapidary has to cut right through the ground colour to flatten the lip, and if air bubbles are present in any quantity, the chance of cutting through one or two of them is high. A cut surface bubble would not occur naturally on a freely blown glass vessel, since the air would remain trapped beneath the surface or, if it did burst, the molten glass would naturally fill the space and render the surface smooth once more. Such cut air bubbles at the surface are thus a sure indication of surface grinding and polishing.

    We can also see that the inner bottle was blown, while the outer colours were laid on like icing. Many air bubbles in the ground plane here are elongated, stretching away from the energy of the blow iron, whereas the orientation of the elongated air bubbles in the overlay colour is random, offering no evidence of the use of the blow iron. Any manipulation of molten, bubble-suffused glass may elongate the air bubbles, and as molten glass was applied to the surface of the polished colourless glass bottle, it was manipulated. This included being stretched in order to cover the required area and bond completely with the colourless glass beneath.

    The difference between a natural fire polish and a lapidary polish is demonstrated here, since the overlay colours display the fire polish, while the ground is a lapidary polish. Signs indicating a fire polish include the natural undulations of the surface of the overlay colours and a pattern of swirls on the surface, visible under magnification.

    貼彩雙色玻璃鼻煙壺

    無色玻璃,套以透明含棕色條紋綠與藍寶石藍色料,都含大小氣泡,很多是拉長的;平唇,平底,套料單層,未雕
    1730-1780
    高﹕ 6.35 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.91/1.83 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽; 乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 頸部外壁有幾道短槽,是切割氣泡處,但不是製成後的損害; 出坊狀態

    來源:
    倫敦蘇富比,1985年5月2日,拍賣品號 373

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 107
    Treasury 5, 編號 977

    展覽﹕
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月

    從這件未完的套料鼻煙壺,我們可以更深切了解到製作套料鼻煙壺的程序。比如﹕玻璃工是先拋光再套料的;壺身是吹製的而套料是塗抹的,像糖霜;地是用拋光粉和砣子在器表面上摩擦,套料是用烤熱法增加料的亮度和光潔度。詳細見本壺的英文說明。
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