An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840
Lot 90
An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840
Sold for HK$ 52,500 (US$ 6,763) inc. premium

Lot Details
An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840 An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840 An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840 An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840 An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840
An iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'Indian lotus' double snuff bottle
Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840
5.97cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1268 ('Over and Under')

    青花紅彩番蓮雙連鼻煙壺
    或景德鎮官窯,1790~1840

    An iron-red enamelled porcelain 'Indian lotus' snuff bottle

    Iron-red enamel on colourless glaze on cobalt on porcelain; a double bottle, each with a convex lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding convex footrim; one painted beneath the glaze, one enamelled, with a similar continuous design of scrolling Indian lotus; the neck of each with a band of formalized lingzhi; each with the foot, lip, inner neck, and interior glazed
    Possibly Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1790–1840
    Height: 5.97 cm
    Mouths/lips: 0.80/1.21
    Stoppers: glass/lapis lazuli

    Condition: Chip to the outer lip of the blue segment and small repair on the opposite side; cracks in the glaze and surface wear to enamels from use; otherwise, kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Robert Kleiner (1996)

    Published:
    Sin, Hui, and Kwong 1996, no. 92
    Treasury 6, no. 126

    Exhibited:
    Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1996

    With uncompressed forms, including cylindrical ones, there are no obvious signs that moulds were commonly used. Close examination of the interior suggests that, whatever the method of construction of these uncompressed forms, there are no vertical joins. What we see instead is horizontal ribbing on the inside, often quite pronounced. What joins there are appear to be between the foot and the body. It is possible that moulds were still used, but instead of pressing a porcelain sheet into each half and then joining the two halves, the potter fixed two halves of a mould together and spread the porcelain around inside the mould with a tool, leaving the exterior matching the smoothness of the mould and the interior with the roughness of the hand-held tool. (Many of the bottles apparently made in this way have horizontal marks on the inside; their regularity suggests that they were made by tools, not fingers.) A foot would then have been made separately and luted on once the porcelain was leather hard. Whatever the method, it was obviously different from that used for the standard range of compressed forms that had prevailed until the mid-Qing period.

    Here, the decoration stops short of the vertical join and leaves a slightly ragged white line. The iron-red is likely to be nineteenth century. Its design is a striking decorative idea.

    青花紅彩番蓮雙連鼻煙壺

    瓷胎鈷料上無色釉,釉上礬紅;雙連壺,各具凸唇、平斂底、突出凸形圈足,頸部繪如意雲頭一圈,底、唇、頸內、內壁皆施釉
    或為景德鎮官窯燒製,1790–1840
    高﹕ 5.97 厘米
    口徑/唇徑﹕0.80/1.21
    蓋﹕玻璃/琉璃

    狀態敘述:青花壺唇外緣呈缺口,反面有細小修補的地方,釉呈細裂縫,琺瑯因使用而呈表面上的磨損;此外,出窯狀態

    來源:
    Robert Kleiner (1996)

    文獻﹕
    冼祖謙、許建勳、鄺溥銘 1996, 編號 92
    Treasury 6, 編號 126

    展覽﹕
    徐氏藝術館, 香港,1996

    關於圓形(即非匾形)瓷胎鼻煙壺是否模製的而相關的問題,請參見本壺的英文說明。本壺的圖案快到了兩件煙壺連接的接合線就停止。釉下的鈷紋是乾隆晚年的類型;描紅紋飾則是十九世紀的類型。整體的設計是 搶眼的。
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% up to HKD800,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from HKD800,001 to HKD15,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% over HKD15,000,000 of the Hammer Price.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Similar Items