A brass 'shou' snuff bottles
Lot 191
A brass 'shou' snuff bottle Japan, 1868-1920
Sold for HK$ 7,500 (US$ 967) inc. premium
Lot Details
A brass 'shou' snuff bottle
Japan, 1868-1920
Of shield form rising from a ruyi- shaped foot to a flared neck flanked by chi dragon handles, both sides carved with a shou character amongst chrysanthemums and leafy sprays, further encircled by a ring of butterflies.
5cm high.

Footnotes

  • For similar brass snuff bottles with floral decoration, see Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, p.218, pl.812; and Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottle IV, London, 1991, p,6, no.6, where the author argues that the bottle was made during or shortly after the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan and more than likely created for export to China.

    日本 1868-1920 黃銅模菊花壽字紋鼻煙壺

    黃銅模菊花壽字紋鼻煙壺呈扁吊瓶形,左右飾螭龍耳, 上有小洞,相信是用來串線作吊之用,中間開光,模有菊花壽字紋,製造規整。

    另一件黃銅模鼻煙壺,雖只飾有菊花紋,但整體造形與本壺如出一轍,見Bob Stevens,《Snuff Bottles》, 紐約, 1976年, 頁218, 圖版812。又見Robert Hall,《Chinese Snuff Bottle IV》,倫敦,1991,頁6,編號6,此書作者認為此類鼻煙壺,只短時間製作於日本明治時代(1868-1912)或以後,很有可能是出口至中國的。
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