A malachite 'double gourd' snuff bottle
Lot 25
A malachite 'double gourd' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1750-1850
Sold for HK$ 27,500 (US$ 3,546) inc. premium
Lot Details
A malachite 'double gourd' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1750-1850
Boldly carved as a double gourd, the waist fastened with a knotted rope, the stone exubering natural banded contours of varying tones of green.
6cm high.

Footnotes

  • Malachite is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. A major depositary is found in the Ural mountains in Russia.

    The existing malachite snuff bottles are mostly uncarved. For a high-relief example in a darker colour, see Hugh Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London, 1971, p.91, pl.118.

    For uncarved malachite snuff bottle examples, see Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, pp.169 & 174, pl.629 & 669; Moss, Graham & Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.3, Stones other than Jade and Quartz, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.136-138, no.417, and sold in these rooms, 28 May 2010, lot 86. See also an example illustrated by Denis S. K. Low, More Treasures from The Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, Hong Kong, 2002, p.272, pl.251

    清 1750-1850 孔雀石葫蘆形鼻煙壺

    孔雀石天然紋理呈平衡弧線,翠綠色地中帶暗綠色紋理,壺呈葫蘆形,長頸,葫蘆略偏,平底,葫蘆中間繞有帶子一條,在帶子結上有一小洞,故此壺既在站立,又可繫上繩子掛起來,是一個簡單但細心的設計。

    孔雀石為水合鹼式碳酸銅,俄羅斯的烏拉爾山脈可能是孔雀石的主要來源,但中國境內如廣東、湖北、江西、內蒙古、甘肅、西藏、雲南等地方也是銅磺產地。

    傳世的孔雀石鼻煙壺為多素面,如本壺般雕成具象的鼻煙壺比較少,浮雕例子見莫士撝,《Snuff Bottles of China》,倫敦,1971,頁91,圖版118,唯該壺紋飾複雜,孔雀石天然紋理較本壺深色。

    素面孔雀石鼻煙壺例子有Bob Stevens, 《Snuff Bottles》, 紐約, 1976年, 頁169及174, 圖版629及669;莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第3冊,頁136-138,編號417,此鼻煙壺後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:首場,2010年5月28日,拍品編號86; 及Denis S. K. Low,《More Treasures from The Sanctum of Enlightened Respect》, 香港,2002年,頁272,編號251。
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