A faceted jasper snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1730–1840
Lot 27
A faceted jasper snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1730–1840
Sold for HK$ 81,250 (US$ 10,483) inc. premium
Lot Details
A faceted jasper snuff bottle
Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1730–1840
Sold with accompanying watercolour by Peter Suart
4.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 2, no. 345

    碧玉八角形鼻煙壺
    御製品,擬宮廷作坊,北京,1730~1840

    A faceted jasper snuff bottle

    Jasper; well hollowed, with a concave lip and flat rectangular foot; the octagonal profile with panels on each main side of four convex, diamond-shaped facets rounded into an oval panel
    Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1730–1840
    Height: 4.5 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.52/1.60 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; Jadeite finial; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: Workshop condition

    Illustration: watercolour by Peter Suart

    Provenance:
    Robert Hall (1987)

    Published:
    Hall 1987, no. 22
    Treasury 2, no. 345

    Exhibited:
    Robert Hall, London, October 1987

    This is such a well-established and accepted Imperial form that it needs little justification as a palace type. It was derived from the shape of European watches imported for the court in the early reigns of the Qing dynasty and occurs commonly in Imperially marked glass examples from both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and less frequently in Qianlong-marked enamels on glass and in a variety of materials. The same octagonal form can either be left with oval panels on each main side or faceted panels like this, and both the shape and size can be widely varied, but the essential idea remains constant of panels on an octagonal profile. There is an enamelled glass version with oval panels and a Qianlong reign mark, and references to others in Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, no. 185 (see also no. 234 for further comments on Imperial faceting in general and its introduction from Europe into the palace glassworks of the Kangxi emperor). Many others are known in glass and are widely published in many catalogues (see, for instance, Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, nos. 67–70) and various different hardstones including agate, crystal, chalcedony and jasper (see, for instance, Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, no. 43; Brody 1993, pp. 28 and 148; and, for another jasper example, Stevens 1976, no. 512).

    Apart from being of a lovely, softly coloured material, with muted orange flecking enlivening the textured surface, this is a delightful, softly carved bottle. The sharpness of the essentially angular form is muted by the gently curving triangular facets of the main panels, where the sharp lines between them are gradually smoothed out to meet the oval profile of the panel that they make up. This softens the whole effect very considerably and gives it a far more comfortable feel in the hand than those with sharply edged, all angular panels.

    碧玉 八角形鼻煙壺

    碧玉; 掏膛徹底 ,凹唇,平底,器腹作扁八角式,腹兩面皆雕由四扇形組成之橢圓形開光
    御製品,大概方於宮廷作坊,北京,1730–1840
    高﹕ 4.5 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.52/1.60 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽;翡翠頂飾;鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述: 出坊狀態

    帶有彼德小話 (Peter Suart) 水彩畫

    來源:
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1987)

    文獻﹕
    Hall 1987, 編號 22
    Treasury 2, 編號 345

    展覽﹕
    羅伯特.霍爾,倫敦,1987年10月

    Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, 編號 185 是玻璃胎琺瑯彩乾隆款同造形的鼻煙壺(Treasury 2, 編號 234 提供關於刻面技術的簡介)。玻璃作的很多(如Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 67–70),也有其他材料的 (如 Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 編號 43; Brody 1993, 頁 28 及148; 另一件碧玉煙壺有 Stevens 1976, 編號 512).
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