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.
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
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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