A lacquer 'Buddha's hand' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1800
Lot 162
A lacquer 'Buddha's hand' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1800
Sold for HK$ 87,500 (US$ 11,289) inc. premium
Lot Details
A lacquer 'Buddha's hand' snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, 1750–1800
6.55cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1529

    夾紵彩漆佛手瓜形鼻煙壺
    或御製品,1750~1800

    A lacquer 'Buddha's hand' snuff bottle

    Metallic-greenish-grey, green, variegated brown, gold, and black lacquer, and textile; with slightly concave lip and no functional foot; moulded in the form of a finger citron (Buddha's-hand fruit) with a severed leafy branch around the upper area; the leaves and branch painted green and detailed in gold, the fruit with metallic greenish- grey lacquer on a rubbed, variegated brown ground that also covers the lip; the interior black
    Possibly Imperial, 1750–1800
    Height: 6.55 cm (measured at right angles to the plane of the lip)
    Mouth/lip: 0.59/1.11 cm
    Stopper: coral

    Condition: Slight separation (line of bubbles in the lacquer) between one leaf and the fruit, part of natural original process and not obtrusive; slight surface wear and some small cracks from use; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Robert Hall (1992)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 325
    Treasury 7, no. 1529

    Exhibited:
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    Sale 1, lot 105, Sale 2, lot 116, and this example may well be attributable to palace workshops. A range of lacquer work was made at the palace workshops, and it is quite possible that workers were seconded from Fuzhou, bringing with them their secrets of production. When published by two experts involved with the Palace Museum, three similar lacquer bottles from the Imperial collection were described as being produced in the palace workshops (Zhu and Xia 1988, plate 52, text p. 107). They illustrated the three as examples of lacquered types made at the palace, but did not make it clear whether they also had evidence that those three particular bottles were made there. If the Imperial bottles turn out to be constructed differently or on a wood base, then we would be looking at two different groups. If they turn out to be constructed similarly to the three in this collection, then we are probably dealing with a single group either from Fuzhou or made at the palace in Fuzhou style. They are listed in the catalogue as being of mid-Qing date, but stylistically they would fit very comfortably into the second half of the Qianlong reign. None of the group bears a reign mark, not even the ones in the Imperial collection—another feature that links them.

    Although Sale 1, lot 105, and Sale 2, lot 116, are unique designs, as are four of those in the Imperial collection, this one is not. A bottle that appears to have been taken from the same mould as this one is in the Drummond Collection, in the American Museum of Natural History, although the colours are different. This also confirms the construction in moulds for the group.

    夾紵彩漆佛手瓜形鼻煙壺

    夾紵多種顏色漆;微凹唇,模製帶蒂佛手,內壁黑色
    或許為御製品,1750–1800
    高﹕ 6.55 厘米 (用唇為基線而測量)
    口徑/唇徑: 0.59/1.11 厘米
    蓋﹕珊瑚

    狀態敘述:一葉和果皮間有細細 的脫離,是漆中一條的氣泡,不引人注目,因為使用過,表面呈微微的磨損、細小的裂紋;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1992)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 195, 編號 325
    Treasury 7, 編號 1529

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年7月~月11月

    第一場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 105, 第二場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 116, 跟本壺都有可能應屬宮廷作坊。可是那兩件是孤本的設計,而本壺不是。美國自然歷史博物館藏一件好像是出於同一模子的。
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