A mother-of-pearl 'grapes and squirrels' snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Lot 143
A mother-of-pearl 'grapes and squirrels' snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 4,750 (US$ 612) inc. premium
Lot Details
A mother-of-pearl 'grapes and squirrels' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty
Of baluster form rising from a flattened foot to a short cylindrical neck, carved with a continuous scene of two squirrels amidst fruiting grapes and leafy veins in high relief on one side, the reverse with an exposed swirling vine blending with further vine scrolls on the body.
4.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • There are two different connotations behind the 'grapes and squirrels' motif. It represents 'ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons' as squirrels have great reproductive power, and can also be symbolic of career advancement, as the word 'squirrels' is a homonym for 'great success' and 'large grape leaves' as a career of significant importance.

    清 蚌殼雕松鼠葡萄鼻煙壺

    壺呈瓶形,短直頸,平肩,往底部收窄,平底。上淺浮雕松鼠葡萄紋,松鼠坐在葡萄藤上,形態嬌巧,葡萄果實纍纍,藤蔓連綿,其中一藤蔓以鏤空技術雕成,別出心裁。

    「松鼠葡萄」之解說有兩種,一是寓意子孫萬代,因為松鼠生殖能力高,而葡萄藤蔓連綿,可借諧音「年年」,另一說法是「松鼠」諧音「重樹」,葡萄葉子大特大,因此可借「大葉」諧音「大業」,故「松鼠葡萄」可理解成「重樹大葉」,有祝願事業再次成功之意。
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