An inside-painted glass 'opera singers' snuff bottles 1850-1900
Lot 190
An inside-painted rock-crystal 'opera singers' snuff bottles Tang Zichuan, circa 1850-1900
Sold for HK$ 3,750 (US$ 483) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inside-painted glass 'opera singers' snuff bottles 1850-1900 An inside-painted glass 'opera singers' snuff bottles 1850-1900 An inside-painted glass 'opera singers' snuff bottles 1850-1900 An inside-painted glass 'opera singers' snuff bottles 1850-1900
An inside-painted rock-crystal 'opera singers' snuff bottles
Tang Zichuan, circa 1850-1900
The body of compressed globular form flanked by ring handles issuing from lion masks, elaborately painted on the interior with a reclining opera singer on one side, the reverse with a portrait of two ladies with kaishu inscriptions detailing how it was presented to an associate politely referred to as 'elder brother'.
6.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    Chinese Snuff Bottles, jointly presented by Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors Study Group and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 15 October to 26 November 1977

    Illustrated:
    Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.111, pl.270

    約1850-1900 湯子川 水晶內崁彩色印刷仕女圖鼻煙壺

    展覽:
    香港中國鼻煙壺收藏家學會、香港市政局聯辦,《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,1977年10月15日至11月26日

    出版:
    《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,香港,1977年,頁111,圖版270

    壺呈扁瓶形,方中帶圓,直口,兩側飾獸首銜環紋,橢圓形圈足。兩面均崁彩色印刷仕女圖,一面有一位仕女手持花卉紋團扇坐著,衣飾華麗,神情溫婉,其身後有另一位年紀較長的仕女,上題有「厚齋一兄大人正之,弟湯子川」。另一面有一位仕女托著腮,依附小桌側臥,其衣飾與壺正面件長仕女接近。

    湯子川生平,生卒不詳,清末民初鼻煙壺內畫家,活躍於清晚期。
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