An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810
Lot 116
An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,351) inc. premium

Lot Details
An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810 An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810 An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810 An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810 An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle 1770-1810
An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle
1770-1810
6.12cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 946

    藕粉地套綠玻璃清供圖鼻煙壺

    An emerald-green glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle

    Transparent emerald-green and milky glass suffused with air bubbles of various sizes and small white flakes; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; carved as a single overlay with auspicious and symbolic objects on each main side, one with a crackled vase containing flowering peonies, set on a stand with formalized lingzhi-head feet, a qin partially wrapped in a brocade bag, two boxes of weiqi pieces, three rolled hanging scrolls, and a seal, inscribed with the character fu in negative seal script, the other with a covered box on an elaborate high stand, a ding tripod vessel, a covered vase, a set of books, a handscroll, and a folded weiqi board, the narrow sides with bat and ring handles
    1770-1810
    Height: 6.12 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.80/1.55 cm
    Stopper: coral; glass finial; vinyl collar

    Condition: Barely perceptible chip to one ring of mask handle, and similarly from the top of the seal; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Alice B. McReynolds
    Joseph B. Silver
    Christie's Hong Kong, 2 October 1991, lot 1135

    Published:
    Silver 1987, no. 19
    Treasury 5, no. 946

    Exhibited:
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Winter 1987

    The rare bat-and-ring handles are not an essential part of the main design, although they add to the symbolism in a pleasant and appropriate manner.

    This bottle is probably from the second half of the Qianlong era. The carving is excellent and very detailed, displaying considerable technical confidence, but a gradual decline in standards is betrayed by the undulating ground plane and the slightly uneven match of the overlay colour to the shape of the footrim. Its dense snowstorm ground is one which we have suggested was not fashionable until the latter part of the Qianlong era. The elongated ring handles would fit comfortably into the mid-Qing period.

    藕粉地套綠玻璃清供圖鼻煙壺

    混濁不清的白色玻璃地,透明鮮綠色套料;平唇,凸斂底,突出圈足,圈足底為一圓棱,各面雕清供圖,側面雕蝙蝠啣環耳
    1770-1810
    高﹕ 6.12 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.80/1.55 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 玻璃頂飾;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 一環耳有幾乎看不見的缺口,圖中的印也有幾乎看不見的缺口;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    Alice B. McReynolds
    Joseph B. Silver
    香港佳士得,1991年10月2日,拍賣品號 1135

    文獻﹕
    Silver 1987, 編號 19
    Treasury 5, 編號 946

    展覽﹕
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷, 1987年冬

    本壺的雕術是精細的,但考慮地面上下不平、套料與圈足稍微不符合,這件鼻煙壺大概是乾隆後半葉才製作的。密密的雪花地也是那時候才受青睬的,拉長的環耳也是清中葉流行的。
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