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.
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.
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。
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