A chert snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Lot 152
A chert snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 11,250 (US$ 1,450) inc. premium

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A chert snuff bottle
Qing dynasty
Of compressed globular form, rising from a flattened foot to a straight cylindrical neck, beautifully enhanced by a natural sheen to the rich brown stone.
6.8cm high. (2).

Footnotes

  • For an almost identical snuff bottle, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.2, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.81-82, no.210, where the author outlines how the Bloch example was identified in the late 1960s by the Geological Museum in London as 'chert', a name given to a range of impure siliceous rocks, but that in the absence of taking a destructive sample, a question mark remains over this small group of attractive snuff bottles.

    清 黑矽石光素鼻煙壺

    壺身光滑,呈扁方形,平肩,平足。

    此類鼻煙壺較為少見,與本壺形製如出一轍的例子,可參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第2冊,第一部份,1998年,頁81-82,編號210。作者指出在60年代後期,曾把瑪麗及莊智博藏品帶到倫敦地質博物館作測試,被定為是黑矽石,是一個可包括一系列不純化的矽質石之總稱。但由於未有提取大量樣本作測試,對於這類鼻煙壺的確實物料,仍有待探討。
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