A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty
Lot 545
A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 25,000 (US$ 3,223) inc. premium

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A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls Qing dynasty
Yixing Stoneware from the Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn Collection: Part II (lots 501-545)
A group of eleven Yixing stoneware opium pipe bowls
Qing dynasty
Of various forms, some mounted with silver rims or painted by coloured slip, or incised with inscriptions, each impressed with seal marks.
largest: 8.5cm diam. (11).

Footnotes

  • During the nineteenth century, when opium dens became prevalent in China, a large quantity of opium pipe-bowls were produced by using Yixing stoneware for smoking opium. The Chinese method of smoking opium is different from regular smoking. It requires the vapors being distilled in this highly specialised opium bowl, rather than burning the opium itself. When the opium pellet was heated, the opium pallet would be transformed into a dense vapor when it was being heated, which then would be drawn into the bowl, through the opening at the top of the bowl. When the vapors hit the large compartment inside the bowl, it caused the solid matter to precipitate from the vapor and stick to the inside of the bowl. This left the pure distilled elements of the opium in a vapor form.

    清 宜興紫砂煙斗一組十一件

    「青草」、「相宮」
    「海口」、「海口」、「引鳳鳴」、「□王定做」
    「清香可引人」、「溪西」
    「鐘記」
    「江」、「鄭記」、「場」、「建」、「□□」
    「蒙自縣」、「李記」、「幸未」、「定做」
    「壽州」、「怡和」、「益壽」、「延年」、「香氣」、「襲人」
    「壽州」、「怡和」
    「桂溪」、「潘記」

    煙斗共十一件,分別由紫泥、朱泥、白泥、而作,形制各異,包括仿生螃蟹或螺螄造型,部分嵌有銅邊或銀邊,或刻花,或泥繪、或印紋,各有風格。每件煙斗上均鈐名堂印號,或特殊定制堂款等。

    十九世紀,私人開設吸食鴉片的場所日益盛行,這些場所通常都為客人提供吸食鴉片所必備的器具,其中,吸食鴉片所用的煙槍上的煙斗便由各煙鋪從宜興定做,煙斗上通常都印有特殊定做的款識及標籤。此是一件煙斗,造型各異,採用不同裝飾手法,別具藝術風采,而從上所鈐印章上也可看出是由不同地方專門定做,更具有歷史價值。
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