A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830
Lot 26
A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830
Sold for HK$ 980,000 (US$ 126,341) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830 A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830 A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830 A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830 A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830
A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830
7.75cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 64

    白玉石榴形鼻煙壺
    擬御製品, 1750~1830

    A white nephrite pomegranate-form snuff bottle

    Nephrite; carved in the form of a pomegranate growing from a severed branch with two blossoms and leaves
    Possibly Imperial, 1750–1830
    Height: 7.75 cm
    Mouth: 0.55 cm
    Stopper: jadeite, carved as a leafy stem

    Condition: Small chip to underside of leaf on narrow side touching severed branch; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh Moss (London, 1981)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    Published:
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty 1978, no. 163
    Kleiner 1987, no. 35
    Treasury 1, no. 64

    Exhibited:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, September 1974
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October–December 1978
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993

    A carving such as this, if it was not originally a snuff bottle, could have served as a paper-weight, a small sculpture, an auspicious gift, or even a space-filler in a curio box for the emperor, or, of course, it could have been all of these things at once. The calyx of the fruit certainly accommodates the mouth of the snuff bottle quite comfortably, making it impossible to be certain of the original carver's intentions.

    As a jade carving it is outstanding, with masterly artistic conception. The fruit has been left entirely plain and finished to perfection, with a lovely, even polish. This polish may offer a hint as to its date of production, since it may reflect an Imperial taste for more highly polished jade carvings subsequent to the importing of large numbers of Hindustan jade carvings after 1760.

    As a rule, the pomegranate is depicted with part of the skin peeled away to reveal the many seeds inside which were, after all, the source of the symbolism. Here, however, artistic conception appears to have governed the more obvious levels of symbolism.

    白玉石榴形鼻煙壺

    閃玉;雕石榴及花葉
    或為御製品, 1750–1830
    高﹕ 7.75 厘米
    口徑﹕ 0.55 厘米
    蓋﹕ 翡翠,雕枝葉

    狀態敘述: 側面的接折枝的葉下面有小缺口;此外,出坊出窯狀態

    來源:
    Hugh Moss (London, 1981)
    Belfort Collection (1986)

    文獻﹕
    Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty 1978, 編號 163
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 35
    Treasury 1, 編號 64

    展覽﹕
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, September 1974
    香港藝術館,1978年10月~12月
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月

    這種雕塑,原來要不是鼻煙壺,可能就是鎮紙、陳設品等。果實的萼很容易當作煙壺的口,或是那是原本的玉匠的意圖,難以測定。對這件煙壺當作白玉雕塑來說,真是傑出的,從構想到最後加工都是精湛的。它像番作玉器一樣,晶瑩剔透,細膩溫潤,是受到乾隆皇帝的青睞那樣的雕風。
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