A copper-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1830–1880
Lot 81
A copper-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1830–1880
Sold for HK$ 22,500 (US$ 2,903) inc. premium
Lot Details
A copper-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle
Jingdezhen, 1830–1880
9.35cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1390

    青花釉裏紅鍾馗鼻煙壺
    景德鎮, 1830~1880

    An underglaze red and blue porcelain 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle

    Colourless glaze on copper and cobalt on porcelain; with a convex lip and recessed flat circular foot surrounded by a broad, flat circular footrim; painted under the glaze with a continuous scene of the two personae of Zhong Kui, one as the Demon Queller wielding his sword, the other as a scholar holding a fan and a hu (audience tablet) that he uses to guide a flying bat, the eyes of the two figures picked out in blue; the foot, lip, inner neck, and interior glazed
    Jingdezhen, 1830–1880
    Height: 9.35 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.76/1.41 cm
    Stopper: coral; ivory collar

    Condition: Kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1985)

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1390

    Designers in the mid- to late-nineteenth century commonly chose to ring snuff-bottle necks with simple lines or no borders at all. Here, the latter option was used. The white ground also has the slight grey cast typically associated with underglaze-red ware and the prominent bubble structure in the glaze that comes with it. The colour of the red is as fine as it gets, with a combination of reasonable control and brilliant colour. In this case, there is absolutely no doubt of the potter's ability to exercise some control over the tones of the underglaze pigment: the boots of one figure and the shoes of the other are grey, as are specific details of the clothing of the demon-queller manifestation, which can hardly be accidental.

    The recessed foot surrounded by a relatively broad, very flat footrim is typical of a group of these cylindrical porcelain bottles of mid- to late nineteenth century, but until we can get a better idea of how many potteries were at work to supply the popular market, and to what extent they had their own signature shapes, foot details, and so forth, it would be reckless to read too much into any single feature.

    青花釉裏紅鍾馗鼻煙壺

    瓷胎無色釉下銅紅、鈷藍;凸唇,平斂底,寬平底圈足,釉裏繪通體鍾馗兩個人格面貌,以鈷藍點睛,底、唇、頸內、內壁皆施釉
    景德鎮, 1830–1880
    高﹕ 9.35 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.76/1.41 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚;象牙座

    狀態敘述: 出窯狀態

    來源:
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1985)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號 1390

    十九世紀中晚葉的設計師常常在鼻煙壺頸部取用口緣一道道細弦紋的選擇或無弦紋的選擇。本壺就是取後者。

    本壺的白地顯得青白,是釉下銅紅煙壺典型的瓷胎顏色。 因為銅元素變化,圖案的細節會略作灰綠,而這都在有兩下子的陶工的控制下,他顯然是故意讓靴子和鞋子等變灰綠。
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