An agate 'travelling wise man' snuff bottle Suzhou, School of Zhiting, 1730-1850
Lot 115
An agate 'travelling wise man' snuff bottle Suzhou, School of Zhiting, 1730-1850
Sold for HK$ 200,000 (US$ 25,805) inc. premium
Lot Details
An agate 'travelling wise man' snuff bottle
Suzhou, School of Zhiting, 1730-1850
Of compressed globular form rising to a gently flared neck, intricately carved with a continuous scene of a man awaiting entry at a door while coaxing a dog, carved with a four-character inscription.
5.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • Illustrated:
    Paul Braga, San Francisco Chinese snuff bottle collectors, Part I, Arts of Asia, September-October 1983, p.109, pl.13.

    The inscription reads xingshan sheshui fang wushi, which translates as 'to make an arduous journey over mountains and rivers to visit my master'.

    The confident handling of the differing textures and the distinctive carving of the rockwork are features similar to a group of bottles probably representing a specific style of a single workshop in Suzhou. For closely related snuff bottles, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.2, Quartz, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.504-546, no.367-379, where the authors identify the group as Zhiting School.

    清 1730-1850 芝亭流派 蘇州作 瑪瑙巧雕訪師圖鼻煙壺

    出版:
    Paul Braga,《San Francisco Chinese snuff bottle collectors,Part I》,Arts of Asia,1983年9-10月,頁109,圖版13

    壺扁瓶形,口微撇,平底微凹。壺身一面利用瑪瑙俏色浮雕一老者行於山水間,老者微微屈身,身著長袍,頭戴披帽,右手提用布包裹的書卷,前方雕一松柏起於從壽石中,古木上長滿松針,延伸直至壺頸部,山石上利用瑪瑙深褐色外皮凸雕題字:「行山涉水訪吾師」。另一面雕遠山茅舍,近處山崖下一棵青松。肩部祥雲繚繞,雲層又露出中一棵仙松。壺口沿雕刻如意雲紋一周。

    此器對嶙峋怪石的雕刻頗有特色,對瑪瑙不同紋理的處理熟練自如,這些都是蘇州專門作坊所作一批浮雕瑪瑙鼻煙壺的典型風格。參看瑪麗及莊智博收藏中幾件風格類似的瑪瑙巧作鼻煙壺,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,第二部份,頁504-546,編號367-379。著者根據雕刻工藝及裝飾風格,將此類風格鼻煙壺歸類為芝亭流派。
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