A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'lotus and chrysanthemum' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period
Lot 33
A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'lotus and chrysanthemum' snuff bottle Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 3,620,000 (US$ 466,857) inc. premium
Lot Details
A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'lotus and chrysanthemum' snuff bottle
Qianlong iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period
Of compressed globular form with a short waisted neck, resting on a slightly concave oval foot, brilliantly enamelled with two lotus flowers on the central body and two chrysanthemum at the sides, surrounded by stylised floral scroll, set against a dense and vivid ground of tighter formalised floral scroll picked out in iron-red, all below a turquoise ruyi-shaped collar at the neck and above a band of lappets at the foot, the neck decorated with a stylised floral scroll in gold against an orange-beige ground, the base inscribed in iron-red with four-character mark within a square.
4.2cm 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

    Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, Vol.6, p.84
    The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, Vol.10, Number 2, JICSBS, June 1978, p.44, pl.91
    Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.52, pl.91

    The only published comparable example appears to be a very closely related snuff bottle from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum 47, Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, p.195, pl.305 (fig.1). The Palace Museum example shares the same four-character reign mark inscribed in iron-red enamels, and is enamelled with identical decorative schemes, differing from the current lot only at the neck where the Palace Museum example is enamelled with stylised floral scrolls.

    The distinct four-character Qianlong reign mark on this bottle is shared by two other bottles from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated in Moss, Graham and Tsang A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.6, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.335-342, nos.1150 and 1151. The latter is a 'double-gourd' snuff bottle that was sold in these rooms, 23 November 2010, lot 121, and illustrated on the cover. The authors present a compelling argument that these two snuff bottles were most likely produced under the supervision of Tang Ying in the early Qianlong period. This argument can be applied to the current lot, which is endowed with an enamelled design of similar exquisite quality, with a similarly meticulous floral design and floral ground.

    清乾隆 粉彩錦上添花纏枝勾蓮紋鼻煙壺 礬紅「乾隆年製」篆書款


    Paul Braga,《Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors》,Arts of Asia,1976年11-12月,頁84
    《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,香港,1977年,頁52, 編號91。



    有書寫「乾隆年製」四字篆書款的粉彩瓷胎鼻煙壺,也見於瑪麗及莊智博夫婦鼻煙壺收藏中,詳見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第6冊,第一部份,頁335-342,編號1150、1151(其中1511號煙壺曾刊登於香港邦瀚斯瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第二部分圖錄封面,並於2010年11月23日拍出)。筆者在文中論述認為此類攜四字篆書紀年款的鼻煙壺因其用彩講究、繪工細緻,應屬乾隆早期景德鎮御窯廠督陶官唐英任職時期所製作的作品。
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