A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1720-1780
Lot 45
A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle 1720-1780
Sold for HK$ 62,500 (US$ 8,064) inc. premium
Lot Details
A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle
1720-1780
4.39cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 693

    孔雀綠玻璃鼻煙壺

    A turquoise-green glass snuff bottle

    Translucent turquoise-green glass; with a concave lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim
    1720-1780
    Height: 4.39 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.8/1.6 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; pearl finial; glass collar

    Condition: Workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Ko Collection, Tianjin or Beijing (1941)
    Christie's, London, 10 June 1974, lot 92
    Christie's, London, 12 October 1987, lot 308

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no.133
    Treasury 5, no. 693

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

    Although no specific mention of turquoise coloured glass has come to light prior to the Yongzheng period, we may safely assume it to have been one of the colours which could have been made at court and elsewhere, from the beginning of the Qing glass renaissance. Bright turquoise-blue glass was readily available in China even before the Jesuits set up the Imperial glassworks.

    Like so many plain glass bottles, there is a high probability it originates from the Imperial glassworks, and may date from as early as the Yongzheng period. The Susan Ault Collection includes a Yongzheng-marked turquoise bottle of a vaguely related form (Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1978, no. 38). The colour of the glass here is identical to that of Sale 4, lot 68, which is also convincingly early as a form.

    The concave lip on this example is not the standard for glass bottles, of which the majority are flat, and it may have been a later embellishment. In the 1960s and thereafter, the concave lip came to be viewed as a sign of fine workmanship in hardstone carvings (whereas it is in reality no more than an indication of an artistic choice involving minor amount of extra trouble). The polish on the lip is slightly at variance with that of the rest of the bottle, and it seems likely that someone responded to the hardstone criterion of the day and added this detail to a glass bottle.

    孔雀綠玻璃鼻煙壺

    透亮綠松石綠玻璃;凹唇,微凸斂底, 突出圓棱圈足
    1720-1780
    高﹕ 4.39 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.8/1.6 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽;珍珠頂飾;玻璃座

    狀態敘述: 出坊狀態

    來源:
    克立德珍藏,天津或北京(1941年)
    倫敦佳士得,1974年6月10日,拍賣品號 92
    倫敦佳士得,1987年10月12日,拍賣品號 308

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號133
    Treasury 5, 編號 693

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館,倫敦,1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷, 1997年,7月~11月

    跟許多光素玻璃鼻煙壺一樣,本壺大概是御用玻璃廠製作的。它可能屬雍正朝,Susan Ault 珍藏收藏帶雍正年款的綠松石鼻煙壺,形式有點類似(Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 編號 38)。本壺的顏色和 第四場拍賣會,拍賣品號 68, 是一樣的,而那件的造型應該是早期的。

    本壺的凹唇不是玻璃鼻煙壺一般的形式,可能是後來的修飾。1960年代以後,很多人偏重玉石鼻煙壺的凸唇,以為只有凸唇才是精彩的作品。本壺上的拋光跟壺身的有所不同,可能有人為了反應玉石煙壺的新標準就調整了本壺的口沿。
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