A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820
Lot 17
A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,340) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820 A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820 A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820 A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820 A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820 A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820
A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820
7.05cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 93

    白玉帶皮螭龍紋鼻煙壺
    或御製品,或御用作坊作的,北京,1750~1820

    A white and russet nephrite 'chi dragon' snuff bottle

    Nephrite of pebble material; very well hollowed, with a sharply concave lip and shallow, recessed foot; carved with a chi dragon with a lingzhi in its mouth
    Possibly Imperial, perhaps palace workshops, Beijing, 1750–1820
    Height: 7.05 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.58/1.02 cm
    Stopper: coral (now replaced with a similar stone); vinyl collar

    Condition: Tiny chip on back of hind leg near to the joint of the tail; another on the curled formalized flame near to base; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Zhirou Zhai Collection
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1993)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 55
    Treasury 1, no. 93

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

    The form, with its elegantly elongated, compressed meiping shape and narrow, widely flared mouth, is both rare and very pleasing, providing a delightful setting for the lively beast that cavorts on its surface. The carving of the dragon is extremely well executed, with excellent separation of the ground and relief planes and clever use of the natural colouring in the stone to integrate it with its surroundings, allowing the impression that it is emerging from clouds. This interpretation is ideally endorsed by the texture of the off-white nephrite, which is speckled with paler flaws in a cloud-like pattern throughout. The use of such flawed material is another possible clue to the Imperial nature of the bottle.

    白玉帶皮龍紋鼻煙壺

    卵石料; 掏膛非常規整,鮮明凹唇,微斂底;雕螭紋,螭口含靈芝
    或為御製品,或許是御用作坊作的,北京, 1750–1820
    高﹕ 7.05 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.58/1.02 厘米
    蓋﹕近似珍珠的石料,乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 後腳後呈微小的缺口,近底的焰紋也呈微小的 缺口;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    知柔齋珍藏
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1993)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 55
    Treasury 1, 編號 93

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

    除了造型設計和生動的螭龍以外,帶綹紋的白玉也是御製玉件的特色。
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