A rare moulded enamel on porcelain 'double-gourd and bats' snuff bottle
Mid Qing dynasty Boldly potted and moulded in the form of a double guard, the body decorated with five bats, wu fu flickering amidst flowering guard vines issuing the auspicious fruits on both sides, all vividly enamelled in coral, green, yellow, lavender and brown. 11.3cm high (including original stopper).
Provenance 來源: Collection of Margaret Goldney
It is rare to find a porcelain snuff bottle of such large size, particularly one with such high quality moulded and enamelled decoration. The combination of bats and double-gourds is particularly auspicious. For a smaller Qianlong reign-marked porcelain snuff bottle of similar form, with bold iron-red bats closely related to those on the current bottle, see a 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. 333-335, no. 1152 and sold in these rooms, 23 November 2010, lot 94.
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