An inscribed cinnabar-red glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle Yangzhou, 1830-1890
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An inscribed cinnabar-red glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle Yangzhou, 1830-1890
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An inscribed cinnabar-red glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle
Yangzhou, 1830-1890
5.69cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 1025

    白套棗子紅玻璃春秋清供鼻煙壺
    揚州, 1830~1890

    An inscribed cinnabar-red glass overlay 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle

    Opaque, variegated, dark cinnabar-red and brown glass on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding flattened footrim; carved as a single overlay, with some carving in the ground colour, with a series of auspicious objects, one main side with a blossoming miniature prunus tree set with a rock in a rectangular planter on a four-legged stand, a jue (libation cup), flowering chrysanthemums set in a crackle-glazed vase of bee-hive shape, a small pouring vessel with a spray of lotus in it, and a drinking cup, the scene inscribed in relief seal script with the title 'Eight Thousand Springs and Autumns', the other main side with a brush-pot holding a fan, a fly-whisk, three brushes, and a gnarled root ruyi sceptre, a water-pot with a small ladle, a weiqi board with nine dark pieces and seven light pieces already played, two boxes for holding the weiqi pieces, a group of three scrolls tied in a bundle, a set of books, and a ding (tripod vessel), the scene inscribed in relief seal script, Ziwan ('For personal enjoyment')
    Yangzhou, 1830-1890
    Height: 5.69 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.60/1.49 cm
    Stopper: glass, carved with a formalized shou ('longevity') character surrounded by pendant formalized lotus petals, with integral collar

    Condition: Workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh Moss (1980)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    Published:
    Arts of Asia, July-August 1972, p. 16
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, pp. 127 and 139, no. 243
    Jutheau 1980, p.66, figs. 1 and 2
    Kleiner 1987, no. 127
    Treasury 5, no. 1025

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October-December 1978
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May-June 1993

    Among the Yangzhou-school overlay snuff bottles that incorporate additional detail in the ground carving, this example represents the highest standard, one that is simply unsurpassed. Not only is it superbly composed and carved, but the balance between contrasting relief and carving in the ground colour is impeccably achieved. The white blooms of three of the chrysanthemum flowers and the hairs of the fly-whisk work brilliantly, despite being similarly placed at the edges of the composition. If we imagine the crackled vase on one side, and the brush-pot, scrolls, and weiqi board on the reverse in coloured relief, these fringe details would fall out of balance, but as it is they serve as perfect emphases to the broader areas of relief carving in white. As we might expect, the footrim is as impeccably carved as any from the height of Imperial carving from the Qianlong era, constituting yet another exception for this school, and while the ground plane is unusually well finished and evenly polished, there is a hint of undulation, as there is on any Yangzhou school bottle, however good it may be.


    白套棗子紅玻璃春秋清供鼻煙壺

    透亮白玻璃套暗漆紅及棕色料;平唇, 凸斂底,突出弄平的圈足;雕單套兩幅清供圖,地有所雕琢,一面篆題曰﹕"八千春秋",另一面曰"自玩
    揚州, 1830-1890
    高﹕ 5.69 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.60/1.49 厘米
    蓋﹕ 玻璃,雕壽字紋,其外為一圈蓮瓣紋,與座為一體

    狀態敘述: 出坊狀態

    來源:
    Hugh Moss (1980)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    文獻﹕
    Arts of Asia, July-August 1972, p. 16
    Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 頁 127 及 139, 編號 243
    Jutheau 1980, p.66, 圖 1 及 2
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 127
    Treasury 5, 編號 1025

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1978年10 月~12月
    L'Arcade Chaumet, Paris, June 1982
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月

    在揚州作地刻圖案套料鼻煙壺中,本壺代表最高的標準,簡直是至高無上的。布局、雕術都是精彩的;瓶地刻紋和套料刻紋的平衡對經得起反覆體位。圈足雕得跟乾隆作坊的高超雕法一樣好,白地的磨光及拋光也是格外地精工,只是跟任何揚州流派的玻璃套料鼻煙壺一樣,瓶子免不了微微的起伏。
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