An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
Lot 70
An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,310) inc. premium

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An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840 An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840 An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840 An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840 An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840 An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
An inscribed jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle
Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
6.38cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 7, no. 1603

    黑玉蟠螭鼻煙壺
    擬北京,或御製品,1760~1840

    A jet 'chi-dragons' snuff bottle

    Jet; reasonably well hollowed, with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flattened footrim; carved with two chi dragons facing each other on one main side, the other main side inscribed in relief seal script chizha fengyun (An angry shout raises the winds and clouds)
    Probably Beijing, possibly Imperial, 1760–1840
    Height: 6.38 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.54/1.68 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; turquoise collar

    Condition: Some softening of detail and abrasions to surface from use; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    H. G. Beasley (1936)
    Miss M. A. Beasley
    Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1984, lot 75
    Dr & Mrs Glenn W. Gordon
    Robert Hall (1990)

    Published:
    Hall 1990, no. 84
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 253
    Treasury 7, no. 1603

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–January 1995

    The subject of chi dragons together with very similar designs in a range of other materials strongly suggests a courtly connection. If the carver did not work at the palace, it is likely that he nevertheless supplied the court; the works he produced are among the most exciting jet bottles with carved relief decoration.

    The inscription, in elegant and convincing relief seal script, is an old phrase characterising the awesome might of a hero.

    黑玉蟠螭鼻煙壺

    黑玉; 掏膛適當地徹底 , 平唇,平斂底,突出弄平的圈足;雕兩隻螭龍,一正面陽刻"叱詫風雲
    大概作於北京,或許為御製品,1760–1840
    高﹕ 6.38 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.54/1.68 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽; 綠松石座

    狀態敘述:經過使用,有所磨損、擦傷;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    H. G. Beasley (1936)
    Miss M. A. Beasley
    倫敦蘇富比, 1984年7月, 拍賣品號 75
    Dr & Mrs Glenn W. Gordon
    羅伯特.霍爾 (1990)

    文獻﹕
    Hall 1990, 編號 84
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 253
    Treasury 7, 編號 1603

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore, 1994年11月–1995年1月

    蟠螭的修飾多屬宮廷作坊,如果本壺的雕工不是宮廷作坊的工匠,應該是經常為宮廷提供雕品的人。他所雕琢的鼻煙壺是最精彩的雕琢黑玉鼻煙壺之一。
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