A champlevé-enamelled mount seed-pod snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1880
Lot 184
A champlevé-enamelled 'seed-pod' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1880
Sold for HK$ 3,750 (US$ 483) inc. premium
Lot Details
A champlevé-enamelled 'seed-pod' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1770-1880
The brownish-red seed-pod forming a compressed globular body, the shoulders and neck mounted with champlevé enamels of lime green, turquoise and coral red.
6cm high.

Footnotes

  • The seed of a vine called the ketengzi is mostly grow in the tropics. It is formed by up to thirty segments, each containing one seed. The seed is of flatten-round shape. It can be pressed to obtain oil and has high medicinal value. It is commonly found in the provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian and Taiwan.

    A closely related seed-pod example with champlevé-enamelled shoulder from the Mary and George Bloch Collection is illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.442-443, no.1652.

    清 1770-1880 磕藤子種子飾鑲嵌琺瑯鼻煙壺

    壺由天然磕藤子種子製成,肩位插嵌了鑲嵌琺瑯葉草紋,以銀製其頸,保留沒有裝飾,直口。

    磕藤子是一種生長在熱帶森林的植物,由十至三十組節組成,每節有一粒種子,其種子呈扁圓形,可提煉成油,並有藥用價值,多見於雲南、福建、廣東及台灣。

    同是在磕藤子種子肩上飾鑲嵌琺瑯的鼻煙壺例子,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,第二部份,頁442-443,編號1652。
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