An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823
Lot 77
An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823
Sold for HK$ 437,500 (US$ 56,364) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823 An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823
An inscribed chalcedony snuff bottle
Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, incised Yi Jin zhai mark, 1780–1823
Sold with accompanying watercolour by Peter Suart
5.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 2, no. 358

    玉髓圓柱形鼻煙壺
    御製品,擬宮廷作坊,北京,陰刻「詒晉齋」楷書款,1780~1823

    A chalcedony snuff bottle

    Chalcedony; very well hollowed, with a rounded, flat-topped lip and recessed flat circular foot surrounded by a narrow flat footrim, its inner edge sloping towards the foot; the foot incised in regular script Yi Jin zhai (Studio where the Jin [dynasty calligraphic heritage] is Preserved)
    Imperial, probably palace workshops, Beijing, 1780–1823
    Height: 5.4 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.6/1.2 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; turquoise collar

    Condition: Workshop condition

    Illustration:
    Watercolour by Peter Suart

    Provenance:
    Hugh Moss
    Paula J. Hallett
    Sotheby's, New York, 2 December 1985, lot 79

    Published:
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, p. 61, no. 44
    JICSBS, Summer 1985, p. ii
    JICSBS, Winter 1985, p. 15, fig. 26
    Kleiner 1987, no. 142
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 214
    Kleiner 1995, no. 253
    Treasury 2, no. 358

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October–December 1978
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March-June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    This elegant bottle is a rare example of this form that can be attributable to an Imperial workshop, and probably to the palace workshops. It is superbly formed and painstakingly hollowed, with the lipped upper neck rim so typical of palace hardstone carving and a neatly recessed flat, circular foot surrounded by a narrow footrim. Another version, of similar form but in white nephrite, probably from the same workshop, was exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1978 (Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, no. 155).

    The hallmark on the foot of this bottle, Yi Jin Zhai, is that of Yongxing, (1752–1823), the eleventh son of the Qianlong emperor. In 1789, Yongxing became the first Prince Cheng. (See Hummel, Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period, pp. 962 – 963 for a biography in English.) The name of his studio derives from the fact that with the Jin dynasty (265 – 420) was considered the fountainhead of cursive- and regular-script calligraphy. As a collector and a calligrapher, Yongxing preserved that heritage in his studio.

    This bottle confirms that the technical and artistic standards of the late Qianlong era continued well into the nineteenth century in many art forms.

    A realgar-glass bottle bearing the Yi Jin zhai hall mark was sold in Sale 1, lot 72. Another, in crystal, is illustrated in Hall 1993, no. 28.

    玉髓圓柱形鼻煙壺

    玉髓; 掏膛非常規整,唇口上部平坦,斂平底,細平面圈足,內側向中心斜,底陰刻"詒晉齋"無框直向楷款
    御製品,應屬宮廷作坊,北京,1780–1823
    高﹕ 5.4 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.6/1.2 厘米
    蓋﹕ 碧璽; 綠松石座

    狀態敘述: 出坊狀態

    帶有彼德小話 (Peter Suart) 水彩畫

    來源:
    Hugh Moss
    Paula J. Hallett
    紐約蘇富比, 2 December 1985, 拍賣品號 79

    文獻﹕
    Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, p. 61, 編號 44
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1985年夏期,頁 ii
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1985年冬期,頁15, 圖 26
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 142
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 214
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 253
    Treasury 2, 編號 358

    展覽﹕
    香港藝術館,1978年10月~12月
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore,1994年11月~1995年2月
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年7月~月11月

    有一件造型相似的白玉煙壺 ,大概是同一個作坊作的。參見Snuff bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, 編號 155。

    詒晉齋的主人是永瑆 (1752–1823),乾隆皇帝第十一子。1789年,永瑆封第一個成新王。

    第一場拍賣會, 拍賣品號 72.是仿雄黃詒晉齋款鼻煙壺。水晶的見 Hall 1993, 編號 28.
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