A jadeite snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1860
Lot 128
A jadeite snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1860
Sold for HK$ 22,500 (US$ 2,903) inc. premium
Lot Details
A jadeite snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1770-1860
The body of compressed rectangular form, the pale greenish-white stone with inclusions in shades of apple-green and icy-white.
6.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • Compare a jadeite snuff bottle with similar form from the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham & Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.1, Jade, Hong Kong, 1995, p.452, no.178.

    Jadeite was firstly introduced to China during the late-Ming period as a separate material but it was not until the last quarter of the eighteenth century that it was widely used for carvings, although earlier examples of snuff bottles made from Suzhou may have existed, see ibid., p.473 for the discussion on a probably earlier snuff bottle sold at Christie's New York, 18 October 1993, lot 72.

    Jadeite snuff bottles are usually left plain and undecorated, probably due to the hardness of the stone itself, leaving the natural beauty of the material. See also three other jadeite snuff bottles in the Qing court collection, Palace Museum, Beijing in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 47, Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, pp.158-159, pl.241-243.

    清 1770-1860 翠玉光素鼻煙壺

    壺呈扁平形,長方形身,直口,橢圓形圈足。通體光素無紋,翠綠色中間以白色。

    翠玉產於緬甸,晚明時期傳入中國,但直至十八世紀后葉中緬關係穩定后才被廣泛用來雕刻。翠玉在引起乾隆帝注意,贏得其歡心之前並未享有同軟玉同等的待遇。乾隆後期,宮廷開始訂製翠玉製作的鼻煙壺,這些例子如今仍可在清宮舊藏中見到,參見李久芳、張榮編《故宮博物院藏文物珍品全集:鼻煙壺》,香港,2003年,頁158-159,編號241-243。因翡翠性質堅硬,故翡翠鼻煙壺多不雕刻紋飾,以光素為主。

    瑪麗及莊智博收藏中,亦有形制相同的翠玉鼻煙壺,見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》,第1冊,頁452,編號178。
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