A brown glazed porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle Li Yucheng, 1820-1870
Lot 13
A brown glazed porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle Li Yucheng, 1820-1870
Sold for HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,340) inc. premium

Lot Details
A brown glazed porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle Li Yucheng, 1820-1870 A brown glazed porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle Li Yucheng, 1820-1870
A brown glazed porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle
Li Yucheng, 1820-1870
Of compressed ovoid form, rising from rounded shoulders to a cylindrical neck, intricately carved with a continuous scene of a five-clawed dragon amidst flame and clouds scrolls above a band of crashing waves, applied with a rich caramel-brown glaze, the base incised with two-character zhuanshu mark yucheng.
5.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • For a closely related carved porcelain 'dragons' snuff bottle made by Li Yucheng, but in white, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.6, Hong Kong, 2002, pp.780-781, no.1362, sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 8.

    As with the reputable nineteenth century porcelain carver Wang Bingrong, the precise dating of Li Yucheng's works are unrecorded in traditional ceramics connoisseurship. The scarcity of examples with Li's signatures compared to that of Wang's may suggest the latter to be a more commercially successful artist who subsequently had a great impact on Li Yucheng's works. Nevertheless, typical features such as the presence of the twin dragons and the distinctive flaming pearl that resembles a bi disc assist in differentiating Li's works from that of Wang's.

    清 1820-1870 李裕成 瓷胎醬釉釉雕瓷雙龍戲珠鼻煙壺 陰刻「裕成」篆書款

    壺瓷胎,扁瓶形,直口,平足,通體施醬釉,壺身兩面凸雕雙龍戲珠圖,二龍長牙舞爪,雙目圓瞪,爭奪一珠,氣勢威猛。明珠形制似玉璧形,周身火焰圍繞。近足處雕一周海水波浪紋。壺底陰刻「裕成」二字篆書款。

    瑪麗及莊智博收藏中,亦有一件李裕成作的白釉雕瓷雙龍戲珠鼻煙壺,見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第6冊,第三部份,頁780-781,編號1362,後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第五部份,2012年5月27日,拍品編號8,與本壺相比,除釉色不同外,其雕工及形制均大同小異,應為李裕成所作同一時期作品。

    與十九世紀瓷雕名師王炳榮一樣,李裕成的確切活動時間及生卒未有文獻記載。從傳世作品來看,李裕成的作品比王炳榮更稀世難見,這也許說明王炳榮的作品在當時更受到歡迎並且更容易被宮廷所定制,從而對李裕成的作品風格產生了影響。然而兩位瓷雕大師的作品卻又各有春秋,李裕成的作品通常為雙龍戲珠,珠通常中間作一孔,形似玉璧,其近足處海浪也與王炳榮所作有所區別。
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