An inscribed lacquer on textile 'conch' snuff bottle
Fuzhou, Qing dynasty, 1760-1820 Naturalistically worked in the form of a conch shell, the three-tiered lobed in increasing size ending in seed like enclosure, the exterior well-polished with fine brown splashes of on black ground, incised with two indistinct chatacters in kaishu. 8.1cm (including original stopper) high.
The indistinct incised characters appear to read xiao song (lit. 'little pine'), which may possibly refer to the name of the carver.
It is believed that conch-shaped snuff bottles first originated from Fuzhou, where conches of this type were mostly found along the Fuzhou coastline. Existing similar examples are mostly unsigned. For a similar but unsigned example, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.7, Hong Kong, 2009, pp.146-147, no.1527, sold in these rooms, 25 May 2011, lot 137. For another example, see Clare Lawrence, Miniature Masterpieces from the Middle Kingdom - The Monimar Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, 1996, pp.36-37, no. 12.146.
傳世的例子皆以沒有落款的為多，相近例子可參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》，第7冊，第一部份，頁146-147，編號1527，後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯，瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏：第三部份，2011年5月25日，拍品編號137。另一件例子載於Clare Lawrence著, 《Miniature Masterpieces from the Middle Kingdom - The Monimar Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles》, 1996, 頁36-37, 編號12.146。
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