A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled 'cat and butterfly' snuff bottle Qianlong four-character incised seal mark and of the period
Lot 122
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled 'cat and butterfly' snuff bottle Qianlong four-character incised mark, Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 43,750 (US$ 5,644) inc. premium
Lot Details
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled 'cat and butterfly' snuff bottle
Qianlong four-character incised mark, Qing dynasty
The flattened elongated body rising to a waisted neck, each side with a scene of a cat on rockwork gazing at a butterfly flying amongst blossoming flowers, all encased within a cartouche and further stylistic lotus scrolls at the sides, vividly enamelled in brilliant tones of green, blue, red, green, white, turquoise, black and pink on yellow ground, the base incised with apocryphal four-character Qianlong kaishu mark.
6.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • The depiction of a cat and a flying butterfly is a homophone for the words for maodie, which means 'age seventy to ninety'. The combination is thus a symbol of longevity, often used in combination with peony blossoms to represent wealth and honour. The entire subject can be interpreted as fugui maodie or 'may you achieve longevity as well as good wealth'.

    清 銅胎掐絲琺瑯富貴耄耋鼻煙壺 陰刻「乾隆年製」楷書款

    壺扁瓶形,長方形身,溜肩,口沿為撇,橢圓形圈足。壺身兩面以掐絲技法製布袋形開光,開光內製相近的「貓碟圖」,牡丹及玫瑰花上一隻彩蝶飛舞,一黑白小貓蹲坐於石上仰視欲撲,具有「耄耋富貴」或「壽居耄耋」的寓意。開光外掐絲製纏枝西番蓮紋,以黃色為地色並填彩色琺瑯釉裝飾。壺頸部飾如意雲頭紋一周。圈足內陰刻「乾隆年製」四字楷書款。
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