An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840
Lot 106
An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840
Sold for HK$ 23,750 (US$ 3,061) inc. premium

Lot Details
An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840 An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840 An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840 An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1840
An agate 'Spanish coin' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1780-1840
Of compressed circular form, with a straight cylindrical neck and a concave oval foot, the body intricately carved on one side with a Spanish coat of arms with a crown and flanked by two figures, the reverse with the head of Charles III of Spain wearing a laurel wreath, both sides with Latin inscriptions at the rounded edge of the medallion.
4.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Chinese Snuff Bottles, jointly presented by Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors Study Group and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 15 October to 26 November 1977

    Illustrated:
    Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.88, pl.201

    Charles III was the King of Spain and the Spanish Indies from 1759 to 1788. See a rock-crystal snuff bottle carved with similar design of the coin from 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.2, Quartz, Hong Kong, 1998, p.154, no.238, and sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 104. See also a snuff bottle of similar material and design from the Linda Riddell Hoffman collection, sold in our New York rooms, 22 March 2011, lot 55.

    清 1780-1840 瑪瑙雕卡洛斯三世錢幣紋鼻煙壺

    展覽:
    香港中國鼻煙壺收藏家學會、香港市政局聯辦,《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,1977年10月15日至11月26日

    出版:
    《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,香港,1977年,頁88,圖版201

    壺扁圓身,直頸,橢圓平底內凹,壺身一面雕卡洛斯三世頭像及羅馬字,另一面刻西班牙國徽及文字符號。

    卡洛斯三世(1716-1788)是波旁王朝的西班牙國王。瑪麗及莊智博珍藏鼻煙壺中,也有刻有相同頭像的水晶鼻煙壺,詳見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》,第2冊,第一部份,頁154,編號238,後於香港邦瀚斯拍賣,2012年5月27日,編號104。另外,琳達·裡德爾·霍夫曼(Linda Riddell Hoffman, 1923-2009)藏的另外一件鼻煙壺材質及紋飾與本壺更為接近,詳見紐約邦瀚斯,Linda Riddell Hoffman鼻煙壺專場,2011年3月22日,拍品編號55。
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