Three agate snuff bottles
Lot 135
Three agate snuff bottles Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 31,250 (US$ 4,028) inc. premium

Lot Details
Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles Three agate snuff bottles
Three agate snuff bottles
Qing dynasty
Each well-hollowed, one of heart-shaped form resting on a short hollowed foot, the stone of translucent brownish hue with stylistic deep purplish splashes; the larger one with macaroni and moss agate pattern all around; the other one with dark brown circular inclusions and the opposite side resembling bats in a cave.
Largest: 5.7cm high. (3).

Footnotes

  • Illustrated (right):
    Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, Vol.6, No.6, p.84

    清 瑪瑙天然紋飾鼻煙壺三件

    出版 (右):
    Paul Braga,《Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors》,Arts of Asia,1976年11-12月,卷6,第六期,頁84

    一壺扁瓶身,豐肩,頸微斂,淺圈足。壺身透明瑪瑙上天然形成紫色塊狀苔蘚紋;一壺扁瓶形,直口,橢圓形圈足。壺身不透明瑪瑙上成天然白色菌絲紋;另一壺扁圓形身,直口,圈足外撇。通身以透明瑪瑙作胎,壺身一面有天然苔蘚紋,另一面則形成圓形及塊狀蘑菇紋,又似蝙蝠在穿越於洞穴之中。三件煙壺形制及花紋各不相同,瑪瑙上多變紋飾可謂大自然之奇功。

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the snuff bottle illustrated in the centre is not agate. It is 'A tortoiseshell-imitation glass snuff bottle'.
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