An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
Lot 121
An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
Sold for HK$ 524,000 (US$ 67,601) inc. premium

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An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820 An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
6.1cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 91

    白玉帶皮龍鳳紋鼻煙壺
    或為御製品,或御用作坊作,北京,1740~1820

    An inscribed nephrite pebble-material 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle

    Nephrite of pebble material; well hollowed, with a concave foot; carved with a free-standing chi dragon coiled around the neck of the bottle, a fenghuang on one main side, and on the other an inscription in seal script, 'A dragon in flight and a fenghuang dancing', followed by two seals, shangxin ('to take delight in') of circular form in positive seal script, and leshi ('joyful events'), of square form in negative seal script
    Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
    Height: 6.1 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.68/1.30 cm
    Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

    Condition: Tiny chip on chi dragon curled round neck, on formalized flame just beneath belly; barely perceptible minute chip in outer lip; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1987)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 67
    Treasury 1, no. 91

    Exhibited:
    British Museum, June–October 1995

    An interesting feature of this bottle is the apparent difference in style between the two creatures. The realistic dragon is as fluently carved in the round and as carefully finished as the finest in the medium. The formalized fenghuang, on the other hand, is conceived as existing on a single plane, elevated only very slightly from the ground plane. The use of the coloured skin in the two creatures also seems the product of a different artistic personality, with that of the dragon hinting at genius, while that of the bird is more commonplace.


    白玉帶皮龍鳳紋鼻煙壺

    卵石料; 掏膛徹底 , 凹底,壺頸浮雕蟠螭,一正面雕琢鳳凰,另一正面刻"龍飛鳳舞"篆題,以陽刻"賞欣"及陰刻"樂事"二印結尾
    或為御製品,或許是御用作坊作的,北京, 1740–1820
    高﹕ 6.1 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.68/1.30 厘米
    蓋﹕ 翡翠;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述:蟠螭腹下呈微小的缺口,唇外緣也有微乎其微的缺口,幾乎看不見;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1987)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 67
    Treasury 1, 編號 91

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~10月

    本壺的一個特點是,高浮雕的蟠螭與淺浮雕的鳳凰互相反襯,另外,玉匠雕琢蟠螭時是巧用玉料的俏色的,使蟠螭更生動有趣,而形式化的鳳凰上的俏色卻是一般性的。
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