A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860
Lot 33
A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,739) inc. premium

Lot Details
A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860 A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860 A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860 A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860 A panelled jasper snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860
A panelled jasper snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860
4.69cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 2, no. 222

    碧玉鼻煙壺
    或御製品,1730~1860

    A panelled jasper snuff bottle

    Jasper; well hollowed, with a slightly concave inner lip and protruding flat foot; carved on the two main sides with flat circular panels and on the narrow side with slightly concave, elongated-oval panels
    Possibly Imperial, 1730–1860
    Height: 4.69 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.53/1.43 cm
    Stopper: agate; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: barely perceptible chip to upper neck rim and small chip to inner lip; minute, insignificant nibble to the base of one circular panel; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Edward T. Chow
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 5 May 1994, lot 1365
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1994)

    Published:
    Treasury 2, no. 222

    There is one subtle variation here on the simple superimposition of flat panels on a basic form: the narrow side panels have been made slightly concave, making them lighter in feeling and adding elegance to the overall shape, a common device on this form of bottle, certainly from the mid-Qing period (see, for instance, Sale 3, lot 67, dated to 1797) but also perhaps before or after.
    It would be perfectly reasonable to see this as another form inspired by the European pocket-watch. Bearing in mind the popularity of these European imports at court and the influence they had on a variety of arts, we could be forgiven for assuming that this was probably copied directly from a watch.

    Eddie Chow (1910 – 1980), the famous Shanghai dealer and collector who retired to Geneva in the final years of his life with one of the finest collections of ceramics and other Chinese works of art in the world, was renowned for his excellent taste and broad knowledge of Chinese art. He had a small collection of snuff bottles, and each was of top quality within its field. This is no exception. Apart from its formal strength and quality of workmanship, the material is spectacular, with vivid colours and evocative markings.

    碧玉鼻煙壺

    碧玉;掏膛徹底,唇內微凹,有突出平底,正反兩面各雕平素圓形開光;兩側面雕微凹長圓形開光
    或為御製品,1730–1860
    高﹕ 4.69 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.53/1.43 厘米
    蓋﹕ 瑪瑙; 鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述:唇外緣呈幾乎看不見的缺口,唇內緣有小缺口,一圓形開光呈微乎其微的咬痕;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    仇焱之
    香港蘇富比, 5 May 1994, 拍賣品號 1365
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1994)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 2, 編號 222

    左右兩側雕中凹光素橢圓形開光, 使全體輕柔雅麗。這是清中葉常見的設計,可參見如 第三場拍賣會,拍賣品號 67, 1797年製。還有無款的白玉的例子。

    仇焱之(1910~1980),有名聲的上海古董商,最後居瑞士,收藏甚豐,雖然鼻煙壺不多,但都是精品。本壺不是例外。造型美,材料引人入勝。
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