A crystal 'melon' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Lot 20
A crystal 'melon' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,741) inc. premium
Lot Details
A crystal 'melon' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
The well hollowed body skilfully carved in the form of a succulent fruit with six lobes, the stone ranging from a deep magenta to a light pink hue.
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.93, pl.216

    For another stained crystal snuff bottle resembling 'rose-quartz', see a small bottle in the form of a peach, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.2, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.440-441, no.342, sold in these rooms, 23 November 2010, lot 86. The author points out that only snuff bottles from this type of stained crystal are early, and that extensive use only became prevalent during the late Qing dynasty, when new supplies came from South Africa.

    清 1730-1830 水晶瓜形鼻煙壺

    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93,圖版216

    染色水晶色彩豐富多變,壺呈瓜形,上寬下窄,每面有兩道陰刻線,表示瓜瓣,掏膛規整,造型別緻。

    另一件染薔薇色水晶鼻煙壺,雕成較細小桃形的,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2冊,頁440-441,編號342,後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第四部份,2010年11月23日,拍品編號86。作者指出,只有染色水晶鼻煙壺是早期的,而流行於清晚期的純正薔薇色水晶鼻煙壺,則是自南洲新引入而來。
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