An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775
Lot 62
An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775
Sold for HK$ 187,500 (US$ 24,191) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775 An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775 An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775 An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775 An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775
An inscribed enamel on glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle
Imperial, Guyue xuan mark, palace workshops, Beijing, dated 1775
6.12cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1091

    玻璃畫琺瑯雛菊圖鼻煙壺
    御製品,宮廷作坊作,紅彩「古月軒」楷書款,北京,1775

    An enamelled-glass 'chrysanthemums' snuff bottle

    Opaque iron-red, and translucent green, yellow, and blue enamels on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and protruding flat foot; painted with a continuous design of flowering chrysanthemums and asters growing from a rocky ground, beneath a neck band of double-unit leiwen ('thunder pattern'); with a small seal bearing the date yiwei in positive, regular script; the foot inscribed in iron-red regular script, Guyue xuan ('Ancient Moon Pavilion')
    Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, 1775
    Height: 6.12 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.9/1.8 cm
    Stopper: pearl; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: Flake chip to inner lip; abrasions to enamels through use, particularly to the mark. General relative condition: very good

    Provenance:
    Unrecorded source, Hong Kong, prior to 1975
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (2003)

    Published:
    JICSBS, Spring 1997, back cover
    JICSBS, Spring 2006, p. 19, fig. 8
    Treasury 6, no. 1091

    The type of glass, the form, limited palette, style of painting, mark, and enamels all link this to the intriguing group of mid-Qianlong enamels produced at the court for a few years from mid-1767 and represented by Sale 3, lot 90, among others in the collection. It bears, however, a later date than any of the others in a small seal included as part of the decoration: a cyclical date corresponding to 1775. In this case, we can be sure that the date refers to the enamelling. When a date accompanies a poem or other inscription, perhaps copied from a painting, it may refer to the original date of composition or inscription, but when it appears in combination with a reign mark or alone, it can be expected to refer to the date of the work of art on which it appears.

    The artist here has moved beyond decorative, symbolic subjects with little inherent artistic content to an elegant design for primarily artistic ends. The design is quite bold, with its heavy use of dark iron red for the flowers, and the relatively simple palette is applied to a considerably more sophisticated painting than those dated between 1676 and 1770. The earlier examples are almost childlike in their conception; this is more subtle, particularly in the painting and variation in the flower heads. It is also evident from the sophisticated manner in which the enamels are used, in three distinct registers of colour, each composed in an intriguing abstract composition. The iron-red flowers, of various sizes and at different heights, form an upper register; the green leaves and stems a central register, and the blue rocks a lower one.

    玻璃畫琺瑯雛菊圖鼻煙壺

    玻璃胎畫琺瑯彩;玻璃;平唇, 突出平底,畫通體菊花、雛菊圖,頸部畫 雷紋一道,圖上又畫朱文"乙未"單框楷印,底書淡紅彩"古月軒"單行橫向楷書款
    御製品,大概為宮廷作坊作,北京,1775
    高﹕ 6.12 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.9/1.8 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珍珠;鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述:唇內緣脫了一片,經過歲月的使用,琺瑯彩,特別是底款,呈擦傷。一般性相對的狀態:相當好

    來源:
    未記錄香港董商 (1975年前)
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (2003)

    文獻﹕
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》,1997年春期封底
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 2006年春商,頁 19, 圖 8
    Treasury 6, 編號 1091

    本壺玻璃質地、造型、簡單的色調、底款、琺瑯彩等,都顯示本壺應屬從1767年起在宮廷作坊 製作的一批很有意思的畫琺瑯 彩鼻煙壺。博氏珍藏中,第三場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 90等珍品代表那批。不過,本壺的年款表明這件比期他的晚。

    這這幅菊花圖已經超越了象徵性的圖案,設計是醒目的,比從1676年到1770年作的那些有教養的。
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