Qing dynasty, 17401840 Of flattened rectangular section, rising to a cylindrical neck from a wide oval foot, with organic inclusions in shades of russet and creamy caramel streaking across the body. 6.1cm high.
Illustrated: Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, Vol.6, No.6, p.85.
Baltic amber belongs to the amber family, translucent in appearance and found around the Baltic region. It is characterised by its rich yellow tone, commonly referred to as jiyouhuang or 'chicken oil yellow', and is harvested from fossilised tree resin which has endured intense high pressure and heat underground for thousands of years.
Such rare material was extremely valuable to the Qing court, where it was prized for its natural beauty. For a closely related amber snuff bottle in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated with its original lacquer box, see Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p.254, pl.378.
See also a related example in the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.277-278, no.1574, and sold in these rooms, 25 May 2011, lot 71.
在瑪麗及莊智博珍藏中，也有一件蜜蠟光素鼻煙壺，同樣地，其四角也是較圓的，與本壺如出一轍，是清中期典型的造型。見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》，第7冊，第一部份，頁277-278，編號1574，後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯，瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏：第三部份，2011年5月25日，拍品編號71。
出版： Paul Braga，《Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors》，Arts of Asia，1976年11-12月，卷6，第六期，頁85