A 'famille rose' enamelled-glass 'lotuses' snuff bottle
Famille rose enamels on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and protruding flat foot; painted on each main side with lotus and aquatic grass; the neck with four circular panels inscribed in black with a character in each panel, Qianlong nian zhi ('Made during the Qianlong era'); the foot inscribed in iron-red regular script, Guyue xuan ('Ancient Moon Pavilion') Imperial, palace workshops, Beijing, probably 1767 Height: 6.39 cm Mouth/lip: 0.69/1.8 cm Stopper: coral; turquoise collar
Condition: Some slight wear to enamels, particularly the Guyue xuan mark, which is faded. General relative condition: very good
Provenance: Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1992)
Published: JICSBS, Spring 2006, p. 19, fig. 9, bottom Treasury 6, no. 1088
There can be no doubt that this and Sale 3, lot 90 are both by the same hand. The natural wear to both glass and enamels is commensurate with regular use over a period of time, although the bottle is not as badly worn as some of the group. The green enamel is slightly pitted with burst bubbles from the firing, which is found on most early-Qianlong green enamel on glass and a good deal on pieces from the mid-reign. It has the combination of a Qianlong reign mark and the Guyue xuan mark that occurs on several of the earlier wares of the group. The inscription in the neck-to-shoulder border is a departure from the standard practise prior to 1767, but common to the earliest wares of this particular group it is found so far on five of the bottles from 1767 and two undated examples reasonably attributable to 1767, of which this is one, but not elsewhere.