A puddingstone snuff bottle 1740–1900
Lot 66
A puddingstone snuff bottle 1740–1900
Sold for HK$ 100,000 (US$ 12,895) inc. premium
Lot Details
A puddingstone snuff bottle
6.4cm high.


  • Treasury 2, no. 212


    A puddingstone snuff bottle

    Quartz conglomerate (puddingstone); reasonably well hollowed, with slightly concave lip and flat foot
    Height: 6.4 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.74/1.78 cm
    Stopper: coral; black hardstone finial; vinyl collar

    Condition: Tiny nibble in matrix at outer lip and natural flaw lines in material; otherwise, workshop condition

    Zhirou Zhai Collection
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1993)

    Kleiner 1995, no. 291
    Treasury 2, no. 212

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

    The term puddingstone covers conglomerate sedimentary rocks of several materials. The distinctive kind of quartz conglomerate seen in this snuff bottle consists mostly of pebbles of flint (which is also a variety of quartz) in a siliceous matrix, and it is remarkably similar to Hertfordshire puddingstone from south-eastern England. The material was not used by the lapidary in China before the appearance of the snuff bottle, apparently, although the softer limestone puddingstone that we saw in Sale 2, lot 35, was. The National Palace Museum in Taiwan possesses some porcelain thumb rings enamelled to imitate a similar siliceous puddingstone; the potters have made the sandy matrix portion much lighter in colour, however, and the pebbles are greyer. For a range of bottles in puddingstone, see Stevens 1976, nos. 609–611 and 613-617.

    Other than in its material, the form of this bottle is typical of the range of continuously curved shapes, which seem to show off the material at its best and which the snuff-bottle maker obviously favoured. It is reasonably well hollowed, well-formed but without any frills (apart from the slightly convex lip), and feels comfortable in the hand. It might have been made at any time from whenever the material was first introduced until the early twentieth century, although its most likely period is the mid-Qing.


    高﹕ 6.4 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.74/1.78 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 黑石頂飾;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 唇外沿有微乎其微的咬痕,質料呈天然的瑕疵;此外,出坊狀態

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1993)

    Kleiner 1995, 編號 291
    Treasury 2, 編號 212

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

    這碎屑沉積而形成的種岩石很像英國東南部的赫特福德郡燧角礫岩。鼻煙壺出現之前,中國雕琢匠好像沒有採用硅質的圓礫岩,只有用灰質的,如第二場拍賣會,拍賣品號35。臺灣故宮博物院所藏乾隆時期的一種瓷搬指明明是仿像這件煙壺的質料,可是。 參見Stevens 1976, 編號 609–611 及 613-617。
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