A crackled-glaze porcelain snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1770–1800
Lot 159
A crackled-glaze porcelain snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1770–1800
Sold for HK$ 25,000 (US$ 3,225) inc. premium
Lot Details
A crackled-glaze porcelain snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1770–1800
6.15cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1169

    透明釉開片鼻煙壺
    擬景德鎮官窯作,1770~1800

    A crackled-glaze porcelain snuff bottle

    Crackled, colourless glaze on beige porcelain; with a flat lip and slightly convex rectangular foot; the two main sides with recessed convex panels; the interior unglazed
    Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1770–1800
    Height: 6.15 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.75/1.80 cm
    Stopper: malachite; stained ivory collar

    Condition: Barely perceptible nibbles from inner lip; otherwise, kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Carl Kempe, Stockholm
    Sotheby's, New York, 22 November 1988, lot 96

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1169

    The creamy glaze here is deliberately crackled (the skilled control of crackle among potters was mastered by the Song dynasty at the latest). Some Chinese porcelain is mistakenly described as 'soft-paste', but the distinction between soft and hard paste is not one that applies to Chinese ceramics. It seems that the type of porcelain so often mistaken for soft paste is the result of a body or surface coating to the body being a beige material that makes underglaze pigments much easier to control. This coating also seems to encourage crackling and turn a colourless glaze slightly beige, which is the case here. The glaze itself is colourless.

    The form of this piece is typical of Imperial porcelain bottles of the latter part of the Qianlong reign, but it might also have been made early in the Jiaqing period.


    透明釉開片鼻煙壺

    滑石胎無色開片釉;平唇,微凸底,兩正面具凸面斂開光;內壁不施釉
    或許為景德鎮官窯作, 1770–1800
    高﹕ 6.15 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.75/1.80 厘米
    蓋﹕ 孔雀石;染色象牙座

    狀態敘述:唇內緣有幾乎看不見的咬痕;此外,出窯狀態

    來源:
    Carl Kempe, Stockholm
    紐約蘇富比,1988年11月22日,拍賣品號 96

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號 1169

    本壺的造型是乾隆後葉御製瓷胎鼻煙壺習見的,但可能是嘉慶初燒作的。
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