An inscribed nephrite pebble-material snuff bottle   Yitang mark, 1780–1833
Lot 35
An inscribed nephrite pebble-material snuff bottle Yitang mark, 1780–1833
Sold for HK$ 52,500 (US$ 6,774) inc. premium
Lot Details
An inscribed nephrite pebble-material snuff bottle
Yitang mark, 1780–1833
5.78cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 146

    青白玉帶皮鼻煙壺
    繹堂款,1780~1833

    An inscribed nephrite pebble-material snuff bottle

    Nephrite of pebble material; well hollowed, with a recessed foot; the foot incised in seal script Yitang
    1780–1833
    Height: 5.78 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.55 cm
    Stopper: coral; vinyl collar

    Condition: Small nibbles in skin area around outer lip and footrim, not obtrusive; miniscule chip to the skin near to the base on the darker side; an area of slight indentation on the side, possibly smoothed out repair. General relative condition: excellent

    Provenance:
    Hugh M. Moss, Ltd. (1987)

    Published:
    Treasury 1, no. 146

    Yitang is an alternate name of Nayancheng (1763 – 1833), who was a poet, calligrapher and statesman with a long and varied career. He was well educated, having passed three levels of official examinations between 1779 and 1789, the last conferring on him the title of jinshi. By coincidence, Nayancheng was indirectly involved with the only recorded suicide in Chinese history where the instrument of death was a snuff bottle. As a sub-chancellor of the Grand Secretariat he was, in late 1802, ordered to proceed to Guangzhou to conduct an enquiry into the conduct of the Governor General of that city. When he reached Guangzhou on December 18, he is reported to have found that the Governor General had already committed suicide by swallowing a snuff bottle!

    It is possible that this bottle was made for Nayancheng while he was serving in the oasis region of Kashgar and Yarkand at various times in the early decades of the nineteenth century. This area, at the south-western edge of the Tarim Baisn, was an important nephrite-producing region. It is also possible that he took some jade home when he returned from the frontier. However, attractive as they are, neither of these hypothetical scenarios can be proven, and Nayancheng certainly could have had his snuff bottle made in Beijing or other places.

    卵石繹堂款鼻煙壺

    卵石料; 掏膛徹底 , 斂底 ; 底刻"繹堂"篆款
    1780–1833
    高﹕ 5.78 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.62/1.55 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 乙烯基座

    狀態敘述:唇外沿、圈足呈小咬痕,不引人注目, 玉璞原本褐色較深的一面近底呈微小的缺口,一側面有稍微凹的地方,或許是修補的痕跡。一般性相對的狀態:極善

    來源:
    Hugh M. Moss, Ltd. (1987)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 1, 編號 146

    繹堂,那彥成 (1763~1833)之字也。 那彥成有多次在南疆擔任,曾當喀喇沙爾辦事大臣、葉爾羌辦事大臣、喀什噶爾參贊大臣等。本壺有可能是在南疆給他作的,或是他回內地時就帶了些小玉塊,讓北京的玉匠給他作製。雖然這不過是想像,繹堂這件鼻煙壺跟他在南疆的活動沒有必然的關係,可是刻繹堂款識的煙壺還算是有一定的歷史意義。
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