A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850
Lot 139
A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850
Sold for HK$ 43,750 (US$ 5,639) inc. premium

Lot Details
A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850 A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850 A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850 A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850 A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1790–1850
A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle
Jingdezhen, 1790–1850
6.52cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1240

    瓷胎模製粉彩蟬形鼻煙壺
    景德鎮,1790~1850

    A 'famille-rose' enamelled porcelain 'cicada' snuff bottle

    Famille rose enamels on colourless glaze; moulded and painted as a cicada; the glaze continued into the inner-neck, the interior glazed
    Jingdezhen, 1790–1850
    Length: 6.52 cm
    Mouth: 0.66 cm
    Stopper: turquoise-blue enamel on silver; chased with a free-standing frog

    Condition:
    Some flaking and surface abrasions to enamels from use

    Provenance:
    Alice B. McReynolds
    Sotheby's, New York, 16 April 1985, lot 17

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1240

    There is a small series of cicada-form bottles. The form existed during the eighteenth century in jade and other materials (some certainly made for the court), so it should have occurred early to porcelain moulders in the last decades of the eighteenth century. If so, this is one of the candidates to be considered a late-Qianlong or early-Jiaqing product in all but one respect: it is glazed on the inside. A feature of this bottle that is unusual for a naturalistic moulded porcelain is the remarkable accuracy of the depiction and the enamelling. Whoever conceived of this bottle was not making a decorative, symbolic version of the insect, but a very close copy. The archaistic curlicues and stylisation seen in so many of the hardstone versions are rejected.

    This cannot be the original stopper, cute as it is, unless the maker had some reason for reducing the frog to the size of a midge relative to the scale of the cicada. For other versions of this realistic model, see the commentary in Treasury 6, p. 536.


    瓷胎模製粉彩蟬形鼻煙壺

    瓷胎無色釉上粉彩;模製蟬形; 無色釉延伸到唇內,內壁施釉
    景德鎮, 1790–1850
    長: 6.52 厘米
    口徑﹕ 0.66 厘米
    蓋﹕ 銀胎上綠松石琺瑯彩,鏤自立青蛙

    狀態敘述:有所脫片,使用後呈擦傷

    來源:
    Alice B. McReynolds
    紐約蘇富比, 1985年4月16日,拍賣品號 17

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號 1240

    十八世紀出現了玉料蟬形鼻煙壺,也有其他質料作的,世紀最後幾十年模製陶瓷鼻煙壺的工藝匠當然會想製作瓷器胎蟬形煙壺。那麼,本壺應屬乾隆末、嘉慶初,只是內壁施釉不符合那段時期。

    本壺令人注意的特色是它仿造蟬的形式那麼準確,玉石作的蟬形鼻煙壺一般是添加仿古的紋飾,本壺卻不跟著作。這不是象徵性的蟬。其他栩栩如生的蟬形鼻煙壺,參閱 Treasury 6, 頁 536.
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