Qing dynasty, 1770-1880 Of slightly compressed ovoid shape rising to a cylindrical neck, the plain unworked stone a vivid lavender tone. 5.6cm high.
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.76, pl.164
Among Chinese and Western scholars, there are no unified conclusions on when jadeite was imported to China. However, it is generally accepted that jadeite was not considered a valuable commodity until the late Qianlong period, which was the same time when lavender blue jadeite was imported to China. For a similar example from the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.1, Jade, Hong Kong, 1995, pp.460-461, no. 182, and sold in these rooms, 28 May 2010, lot 32. Compare also another snuff bottle from the Joe Grimberg collection, sold at Sotheby's New York, 14 September 2010, lot 165.
對於翡翠從何時起開始引入中國，中西學者有不同見解，但一致認為在明代翡翠未被認為是珍寶，直致乾隆晚期才被視為玉石類，而紫羅蘭色翡翠就是正在此時期引入。紫羅蘭色翡翠光素鼻煙壺例子有莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》，第1冊，頁460-461，編號182，後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯，瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏：第一部份，2009年5月28日，拍品編號32； 還有一件拍賣於紐約蘇富比，Joe Grimberg 鼻煙壺專場，2010年9月14日，拍品編號165。