Snuff bottles from the collection of Jacqueline Sheldon (neé Anisfeld), purchased at London auctions in the 1970s under the guidance of Hans Goldsteinher (lots 201-212)
A 'famille rose' enamel on porcelain 'Pekinese dogs and doves' snuff bottle
Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period Of flattened globular form supported on a recessed oval foot, enamelled on one side with two frolicking Pekinese dogs and the other with a pair of doves, all flanked by a pair of taotie mask handles at the shoulders. 5.3cm high.
清道光 瓷胎畫粉彩狗與鴿子鼻煙壺 礬紅「道光年製」篆書款
Provenance 來源: Christie's London, 15 July 1981, lot 422 Collection of Jacqueline Sheldon
The motif of Pekinese dogs with doves is a popular one in the Daoguang period, apparently because his exalted concubine was fond of little dogs, and he was a breeder of pigeons. For a closely related example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, pg.227, no.348. See also an example of a Daoguang reign-marked snuff bottle with two doves, but just one dog, in the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Volume 6, Hong Kong, 2008, pg.710, no.1327.
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