A iron-red and blue enameled snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and period Daoguang, Qianlong mark
Lot 543
A puce and blue-enamelled porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle Qianlong four-character seal mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,240) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Property of a Gentleman (lots 543-545)
A puce and blue-enamelled porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle
Qianlong four-character seal mark and of the period
Of bulbous pear-shaped form tapering to a long slender neck from the hollowed foot, the body enamelled with a pair of confronting scaly five-clawed dragons, one flying amidst stylised clouds and flames, the other emerging out of turbulent waves, the base inscribed with four-character seal mark in underglaze-blue.
6cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Collection of Margaret Goldney

    Qianlong reign-marked porcelain snuff bottles decorated with five-clawed dragons are extremely rare, and only a small number is recorded in museum and private collections. The current enamel scheme of puce and blue appears to be unrecorded in the Qianlong period, but is prevalent in the Daoguang and late Qing period. The decorative scheme of lot 544, the subsequent porcelain snuff bottle offered here, which is in underglaze copper-red and underglaze-blue, is also rare. For an example in underglaze-blue with two-column Qianlong seal mark, see a snuff bottle from the collection of Reinhard J.C. Hoeppli, preserved in the Rietberg Museum, Zurich and illustrated by Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles. Masterpieces from the Rietberg Museum Zurich, Zurich, 1993, pg. 34, no.11.

    For an example sold at auction, see an iron-red and underglaze-blue porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol.6, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 411-412, no. 1183 and sold in these rooms, 28 May 2010, lot 69.

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