A red glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1700-1830
Lot 183
A red glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1700-1830
Sold for HK$ 25,000 (US$ 3,225) inc. premium
Lot Details
A red glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1700-1830
Of teardrop pendant shape, the exterior carved with two coiling chi dragons on a translucent red ground, one of 'S'-shape form with its tail extended to the base forming the foot, the reverse with additional similar mythical beast with head turned backwards.
6.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Appearing in almost every workable raw material, chi dragon decoration is closely associated with the Imperial court. For more details on this research, see a nephrite bottle discussed and illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.1, Jade, Hong Kong, 1995, pp.240-243, no.99.

    清 1700-1830 紅玻璃雕螭龍紋鼻煙壺

    寶石紅色玻璃亮麗,壺呈平瓶形,直口滑肩,一面淺浮雕「S」字形的螭龍,隨隨扭動,其尾部曲形成捲曲圈足,另一面淺浮雕「U」字形的螭龍,雖然兩者動態不同,但皆佈滿整壺,兩條螭龍均是沒有腳的,這種螭龍常見於漢代玉器之中。

    飾螭龍之器物,不論是任何物料,一般認為都是跟宮廷有關的,有關研究可參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第1冊,頁240-243,編號99。
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