A miniature yellow nephrite snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
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A miniature yellow nephrite snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
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A miniature yellow nephrite snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
3.01cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 88

    黃玉小鼻煙壺
    擬御製品,傳宮廷作坊,北京,1740~1820

    A miniature nephrite snuff bottle

    Nephrite; very well hollowed, with a concave lip and flat foot
    Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1740–1820
    Height: 3.01 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.42/1.01 cm
    Stopper: coral; vinyl collar

    Condition: Small nibbles and a tiny chip to outer lip. General relative condition: good

    Provenance:
    Robert Kleiner (1992)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 102
    Treasury 1, no. 88

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

    The popularity of the oval form at court is well established. A significant proportion of plain jade bottles still in the Imperial collection are of this form, and similar miniature bottles also seem to have been made at court. It is difficult, however, to be certain of the provenance of plain bottles, but in this case we venture a palace workshops source and an eighteenth-century date.

    Apart from the form, the bottle has the characteristically heavy foot attributable to the palace workshops, the depth of which is 0.3 cm, or roughly a tenth of the overall height. The dating is based in part upon this feature, which appears to have been typical of the late eighteenth century, and upon the perfect formal integrity of the bottle, the detailing of the concave lip, and the excellent hollowing and finish. It is also based upon the choice of an otherwise rather dull material from which to make so fine a bottle. The use of intrinsically unimpressive nephrite was typical of the Qianlong palace workshops. To have produced such a well-made bottle in a comparatively dull material would have been rather unlikely at any other time, and with a bottle of this size the material could only have been a matter of deliberate choice. So little material is required that a private workshop might have been expected to use a more inherently precious jade in producing so perfectly executed a bottle.

    黃玉小鼻煙壺

    黃玉;掏膛很規整 , 凹唇,平底
    擬為御製品,大概為宮廷作坊製品,北京,1740–1820
    高﹕ 3.01 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.42/1.01 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 乙烯基座

    狀態敘述:唇外緣有小咬痕及一微小缺口。一般性相對的狀態:善

    來源:
    Robert Kleiner (1992)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 102
    Treasury 1, 編號 88

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

    給光素鼻煙壺定期很難,但因為本壺具宮廷青睬的橢圓形和厚底,我們推定是十八世紀宮廷作坊作的。類似的微小模型鼻煙壺有是在宮廷作坊作的。還有壺形的整合性、凹唇的詳細設計、以及精彩的掏膛和最後加工。再者,乾隆朝的宮廷作坊常常用不引人注意的材質,其他時期大概不會選這麼沒意思的玉來作這樣工藝精美的煙壺。如果是民間作坊製這麼小的煙壺,肯定要選用比較珍貴的玉料才是。
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