An inscribed inkstone snuff bottle Jingshan, 1750–1880
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An inscribed inkstone snuff bottle Jingshan, 1750–1880
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Lot Details
An inscribed inkstone snuff bottle
Jingshan, 1750–1880
5.52cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 3, no. 392

    端石刻銘鼻煙壺
    荊山,1750~1880

    An inscribed shale snuff bottle

    Shale; reasonably well hollowed, with a flat lip and protruding, foot carved as a functional, two-character seal; carved in relief on one side in positive seal script contained within a square cartouche Jingshan shouwan ('To be enjoyed in the hand by Jingshan'), and on the other side inscribed with a copy of a character in an obscure, ancient seal script with a commentary in draft script, one narrow side inscribed in clerical script 'In the style of bottles [inscribed with] the seal script [simulating the movement of] scaly dragons'; the foot carved as a two-character seal reading Aren (?)
    Jingshan, 1750–1880
    Height: 5.52 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.50/1.42 cm
    Stopper: spinach-green nephrite; silver collar

    Condition: One significant chip and other minor chips to inner and outer lip; two small chips to outer footrim; some surface abrasions to soft stone. General relative condition: good

    Provenance:
    Robert Hall (1993)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 290
    Treasury 3, no. 392

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

    The raised seal on one main side is that of the literatus , and the totally confident carving of the seal script establishes Jingshan immediately as a master seal carver, as does the style of the copied character on the other side and his commentary about it in fluent and impressive draft script. Jingshan is clearly a man very well used to writing on stone, and it presents no constraints to his artistic expression. It reads:

    The character cannot be deciphered. Though Wu Kanshu [1747 – 1803] had thought it was a composite design of the dragon and the fenghuang, nothing could be proven. The matter must remain unsolved. The style of the seal script is wonderful, exuding an antique flavour. Mr. Xue's Inscriptions determined it to be a Shang-dynasty vessel, and that tenet has remained unchanged. Copied by Jingshan.

    Wu Dongfa (1747 – 1803), courtesy name Kanshu, wrote works on epigraphy and ancient classics. Mr. Xue is the twelfth-century Xue Xianggong, author of Inscriptions on ancient bronzes, a work often consulted by Qing scholars.

    This is one those rare bottles that has a functioning seal as its foot, making it both a snuff bottle and a scholar's seal. We are not entirely certain of our reading of the second character, but it may be the character ren, in this case a name, its conventional formalization manipulated by the seal carver for artistic ends. Unfortunately, we have not discovered the identity of Jingshan—the name was used by several Qing figures, but we have no reason to pick one of them as the owner of this bottle.

    端石刻銘鼻煙壺

    頁岩;掏膛適當的徹底 , 平唇,突出底刻成可用的"阿任"(?)印章, 一面陽刻單框"荊山手玩"篆款,反面陰暗刻一個無法識讀的古字,左右有說明,一側面陰暗刻"蛟篆壺式"隸書款
    荊山,1750–1880
    高﹕ 5.52 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.50/1.42 厘米
    蓋﹕ 綠色閃玉;銀座

    狀態敘述: 唇內外有一個引人注意的缺及一些微小的缺口,圈足外壁呈兩個小缺口,因石料不堅硬,表面有所擦傷。一般性相對的狀態:善

    來源:
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1993)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 290
    Treasury 3, 編號 392

    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

    大的奇古字左右的注明曰﹕"文不可攷。吳侃叔以為龍鳳合形,皆未可定。姑闕疑。然篆法奇古。《薛氏款識》定為商器。不易之論也。荊山摹。"

    《薛氏鍾鼎款識》,南宋人薛尚功撰。吳侃叔者,吳東發[1747~1803]也,著有《鍾鼎款識釋》等書。荊山,待考。
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