A bamboo  snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1830-1900
Lot 144
A bamboo snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1830-1900
Sold for HK$ 15,000 (US$ 1,935) inc. premium
Lot Details
A bamboo snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1830-1900
Of flattened square form surmounted on an oval foot, the body fashioned from a mid-section node of the bamboo, well hollowed with sumptuous patination and visible natural grains.
6.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Traditionally, the Chinese literati love bamboo, as its various qualities, such as the ability to endure harsh weather are similar to that of a scholar's, whose attributes include humbleness and an adherence to a strict set of principles even in the face of great adversity. Bamboo is therefore a popular motif in traditional Chinese paintings and poems. The beauty of the present lot lies in its simple and plain design, which fully epitomises the pursuit of the literati.

    Compare a bamboo snuff bottle, inscribed with a Tongzhi mark, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.40-41,no.1479, and sold in these rooms, 27 May 2012, lot 149.

    清 1830-1900 竹節鼻煙壺

    壺呈圓角方形,直頸,高平底足。煙壺是取材自靠近地面的短節,兩正面是不規整的兩片橫膜形成的,橫膜呈凹形,也可作煙碟之用,可謂善用大自然設計。

    由於竹子中空,生長成節,可抵寒冬,一直以來都是中國文人喜愛之物,表現出君子虛心、有氣節、不屈的特徵,故文人喜以此入畫,作詩賦詠,甚至雕成藝術品,竹雕藝術也代代相傳。本壺沒有加以任何裝飾或鑲嵌,表現出文人淡雅的品味。

    相近例子而且有年款的,可參考莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第7冊,第一部份,頁40-41,編號1479,並拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第五份部,2012年5月27日,拍品編號149。
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