A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799
Lot 46
A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799
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Lot Details
A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799 A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799 A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799 A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799 A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799
A polychrome lacquer 'chi dragon and lingzhi' snuff bottle
Imperial, Fuzhou, Qianlong gold-lacquered four-character seal mark and of the period, 1760–1799
5.86cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1526

    夾紵紅漆繪花鳥紋鼻煙壺
    御製品,福州,金彩「乾隆年製」篆書款,1760~1799

    A lacquer snuff bottle

    Polychrome lacquer and textile; with a flat lip and protruding concave foot; with a chi dragon holding a lingzhi in its mouth curled around the shoulders of the bottle, the body made up of brownish-black lacquer with a surface layer of cinnabar-red, painted in further colours, including silver and gold, on one main side with stems of flowering peonies and a butterfly flying above, and on the other with a flowering narcissus plant with a bird flying towards it; the foot inscribed in gold lacquer seal script, Qianlong nian zhi (Made during the Qianlong era); the interior of brownish-black lacquer
    Imperial, Fuzhou, 1760–1799
    Height: 5.86 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.20 cm
    Stopper: cinnabar-red and gold lacquer and textile, painted with a formalized floral design in gold on the red ground, with integral, brownish-black cork and spoon; jadeite finial; of original type

    Condition: Slight surface abrasions from use; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Robert Hall (1994)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 322
    Flyer, British Museum Exhibition, 1995
    Treasury 7, no. 1526

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

    For similar bottles with the dragons but no additional decoration, see JICSBS, September 1975, p. 17, centre-right; and a monochrome one, of the same colour as this, from the Schonfeld Collection in JICSBS, Winter, 1996, front cover.

    The type of mark here is precisely what we would expect of a Qianlong Imperial order from a distant facility. Another group of wares with similar marks is the group of enamelled glass wares that we now know were made at Yangzhou, represented by Treasury 6, nos. 1140–1147, and that can be dated to the period from about 1770 to 1799. Fuzhou lacquer bottles represent a third group.

    An intriguing feature of these 'distant' Imperial marks is the quality of the drawing. Seal script, like any other script, takes a practised hand to write convincingly, and among the earlier examples from Jingdezhen, including some magnificent bottles produced under the watchful eye of Tang Ying, if not from his hand, are some rather shaky marks. Later Qianlong marks from Jingdezhen are often better controlled and more precise. The Yangzhou marks, where large orders meant that whoever wrote the marks had plenty of practice, are also usually drawn convincingly, whereas at Fuzhou, where marks are an exception rather than the rule, they suggest a calligrapher who is copying an example as best he can but is not accustomed to writing these characters in seal script. It is a game attempt, and the size, formalization, and layout of the mark is exactly like those found at the other two centres; it is just a little shaky and not quite as elegant as it might have been.

    The stopper is the standard Fuzhou stopper, although the jadeite finial and the surrounding formalized floral design represent rare departures from standard practice. Oddly, its colour doesn't quite match the bottle, as it has more yellow in it; nor is it of precisely the same diameter, being a little smaller. If it is not the original for this bottle, it is certainly an original for a similar, early example.

    For an example of the more standard form of painted lacquer from Fuzhou, see , Lawrence 1996, no. 13, and for another painted bottle from the Eric Hancock Collection, with a similar palette used for the floral design, see Sotheby's, London, 7 June 1990, lot 213.

    夾紵紅漆繪花鳥紋鼻煙壺

    織物胎,多彩漆;平唇,突出凹底,肩部纏著一隻口含靈芝的螭龍,壺身為黑棕色漆,其上髹紅漆,畫有牡丹、水仙、蝴蝶 、鳥等,底金彩漆書"乾隆年製"橫向無框篆款,內壁髹黑棕色漆
    御製品,福州,1760–1799
    高﹕ 5.86 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.62/1.20 厘米
    蓋﹕ 織物胎,紅漆與金彩漆,畫化朵紋,與黑棕色塞、匙為一體;翡翠頂飾;原配蓋的類型

    狀態敘述:因曾使用,呈微乎其微的擦傷;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1994)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 322
    Flyer, British Museum Exhibition, 1995
    Treasury 7, 編號 1526

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

    相似的無繪紋的鼻煙壺,參見《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1975年9月期,頁 17, 中右,及《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1996年冬期,封面圖片.

    福州的漆匠,因為署年款的機會比較少,難以保持篆體的熟練程度。大小、位置等都跟揚州等地方寫的一樣,只是有點顫抖的,不太雅致的。

    更典型的福州畫飾漆器,參見 Lawrence 1996, 編號 13;另一件畫飾鼻煙壺,見倫敦蘇富比,1990年6月7日,拍賣品號 213。
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