An inscribed lacquer 'conch' snuff bottle Fuzhou, Qing dynasty, 1760-1820
Lot 29
An inscribed lacquer on textile 'conch' snuff bottle Fuzhou, Qing dynasty, 1760-1820
Sold for HK$ 87,500 (US$ 11,286) inc. premium
Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • 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.

    清 1800-1880 福州作 棕色漆海螺形鼻煙壺

    壺呈海螺形,造型輕巧,深褐色漆地塗上棕黃色點,以筆繪畫出紋理,唯妙唯肖,上有印款,大概可讀成「小松」。由於此類海螺在福州沿海比較多,相信是福州一帶作的。

    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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