A red jadeite 'taotie' snuff bottle
Lot 113
A red jadeite 'taotie' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1780-1820
Sold for HK$ 40,000 (US$ 5,158) inc. premium

Lot Details
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A red jadeite 'taotie' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1780-1820
Of compressed globular form, flanked at the sides with a pair of archaistic ringed animal mask handles, the stone ranging from a dark red to light gray hue.
4.9cm high.

Footnotes

  • Jadeite was first introduced from Burma during the late Ming dynasty, but was rarely utilized until the latter part of the eighteenth century (after 1784) when relations with Burma were stabilized. For a double-gourd jadeite snuff bottle with similar differing tones of red in the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.1, Hong Kong, 1995, pp.466-467, no.185, and sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 31.

    清 1780-1820 紅翡鼻煙壺

    壺呈扁瓶形,直口,橢圓形圈足,素面,拋光細膩,掏膛工整,兩側飾獸首啣環。翡翠一面呈深紅色,一面則橙紅色中帶有一絲絲深紅色的紋理,顯然是匠家巧妙的安排。

    自明代晚期開始,翡翠便有間斷地從緬甸引入中國,直至十八世紀後期,當緬甸地區平定以後,即1784年以後,才有穩定地傳入,乾隆後期才被視為玉石一般的珍寶。瑪麗及莊智博珍藏中,有一件以紅翡雕成的鼻煙壺,雖然該器形為葫蘆形,但其深紅色的翡料,壺一面全深紅色,一面淺紅色的雕塑取材,與本壺有異曲同工之妙,見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第1冊,頁466-467,編號185,後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第四部份,2011年11月28日,拍品編號31。有關翡翠引入中國之情況研究,可參考同書,頁438-439。
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