A lavender blue jadeite snuff bottle Mid Qing dynasty
Lot 23
A lavender jadeite snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1880
Sold for HK$ 162,500 (US$ 20,958) inc. premium
Lot Details
A lavender jadeite snuff bottle
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.

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.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.

    清 1770-1880 紫羅蘭色翡翠鼻煙壺

    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76,圖版164

    壺呈偏橢圓形,直口,平底,掏膛深且規整,造型比例準確,甚有手感,整體雅致。壺素面,翡翠上蘿蔔紋理清楚,顏色均勻,是一件精彩工藝與優美物料的結合,實屬難得。

    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。
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