A blue and white porcelain 'floral' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1800–1880
Lot 95
A blue and white porcelain 'floral' snuff bottle Jingdezhen, 1800–1880
Sold for HK$ 18,750 (US$ 2,419) inc. premium
Lot Details
A blue and white porcelain 'floral' snuff bottle
Jingdezhen, 1800–1880
5.06cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1378

    青花纏枝花卉紋鼻煙壺
    景德鎮,1800~1880

    A blue-and-white porcelain 'floral' snuff bottle

    Colourless glaze on cobalt on porcelain; with a convex lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a convex footrim; painted under the glaze with a continuous design of flowering peony branches, the base with a band of formalized lotus petals, the shoulders with a band of formalized lingzhi; the neck with two fylfots (wan symbols) alternating with two small circles beneath an upper-neck band of formalized lingzhi; the lip glazed; the foot and interior unglazed
    Jingdezhen, 1800–1880
    Height: 5.06 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.50/0.75 cm
    Stopper: pearl; horn collar

    Condition: Three minute burst glaze bubbles, part of the original firing process; kiln condition

    Provenance:
    Robert Kleiner (1995)

    Published:
    Treasury 6, no. 1378

    We are not at all sure how to date this unusual little bottle. The unglazed interior might suggest a date from early in the nineteenth century, and there is nothing about the nature of the blue or the drawing that would preclude such a date. Once underglaze decorated porcelain bottles came into vogue, there would have been many kilns making them at Jingdezhen, and they would not all have conformed to the same evolving style and choice of subject matters and borders. On the other hand, this densely-packed design of formalized peonies growing on what appears to be an endless vine appears on a range of blue-and-white wares from the later nineteenth century and on a good many snuff dishes that appear to date from the Daoguang or later. We have left a safe breadth of dating range, but suspect it will turn out to date from the earlier part of the century. Whenever it was made, it is of unusually good quality. The bottle itself is very thinly potted, of perfect formal integrity, and well painted with excellent control of the cobalt pigment.

    青花纏枝花卉紋鼻煙壺

    瓷胎鈷料上無色釉;凸霣,平斂底,凸圈足,繪通體纏枝花卉紋,壺身近底飾一圈蓮瓣紋,肩部飾一圈如意雲頭;頸部繪兩個卍字、兩個圈點, 唇施釉,底與內壁不施釉
    景德鎮, 1800–1880
    高﹕ 5.06 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.50/0.75 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珍珠;角座

    狀態敘述:三個破綻的微乎其微氣泡,燒製程序的結果;出窯狀態

    來源:
    Robert Kleiner (1995)

    文獻﹕
    Treasury 6, 編號 1378

    本壺難以定期但不管是甚麼時作的,質量特別高。胎體勻薄,形式整合,青花艷麗。
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