A blue glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1720-1780
Lot 19
A blue glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1720-1780
Sold for HK$ 87,500 (US$ 11,289) inc. premium
Lot Details
A blue glass 'chi dragons' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1720-1780
The transparent teardrop shaped body flanked by a pair of chi dragons clambering up the sides, both lengthy tails naturalistically coiled and meeting at the base to form a circular footrim, the glass of an attractive aquamarine-blue colour.
6.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • For a similar example in ruby-red and golden-yellow glass, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.5, Glass, Hong Kong, 2002, pp.478-479, no.898. See also an example illustrated by Denis S. K. Low, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect III, Singapore, 2007, p.155, no. 130.

    清 1720-1780 海藍玻璃雕螭龍抱瓶鼻煙壺

    壺呈扁膽瓶形,直口,比例恰當,正背面均為光素,兩側飾螭龍攀爬,螭龍尾部繞成圈足,形成螭龍抱瓶之態。

    螭龍抱瓶屬乾隆年後期常見之紋飾,其特點在於利用螭龍的尾巴團成圈足,使紋飾豐實用性,一般是為宮廷而作的。相類似概念,但以紅、黃玻璃製成的例子有莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第5冊,第二部份,頁478-479,編號898。而同樣以一件玻璃雕成的螭龍抱瓶鼻煙壺例子,也可見Denis S. K. Low,《Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect III》,新加坡,2007年,頁155,編號130。
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