A turquoise-glazed porcelain 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Imperial kilns, Jingdezhen, 1796-1820
Lot 39
A turquoise-glazed porcelain 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1796-1820
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,731) inc. premium
Lot Details
A turquoise-glazed porcelain 'dragon and phoenix' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1796-1820
Of flattened form, moulded on one side with a three-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl and a phoenix turning in flight in pursuit of a beribboned ruyi sceptre, amidst densely packed clouds and formalised flames, framed between a band of ruyi-head above the footrim and a band of key-fret pattern on the neck, covered all over with turquoise-blue and gold enamels.
7.5cm 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

    Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, pp.44 & 125, pl.67

    Compare two other closely related bottles from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by 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.460-463, no. 1206, 1207, and sold in these rooms, 23 November 2010, lot 96 and 25 May 2011, lot 96. See also a third example from the collection of Denis S. K. Low, illustrated by Denis S.K. Low, More Treasures from The Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, Hong Kong, 2002, p.197, pl.182.

    It is believed that such moulded porcelain snuff bottles were inspired by their Imperial ivory counterparts. Monochrome glazes of varying colours are used to imitate various raw materials such as cinnabar lacquer, lapis lazuli and turquoise matrix. However, early examples of ceramic bottles imitating turquoise matrix dated to the Qianlong period are usually subtly enamelled with black lines. By the Jiaqing period, moulded porcelain bottles in monochrome colours with dragon and phoenix design were prevalent wedding gifts for the extended Imperial family. In essence, the use of turquoise glaze on porcelain by the Imperial potters in the early nineteenth century is rare.

    清 1796-1820 瓷胎模製綠松釉龍鳳紋鼻煙壺




    以松石綠釉裝飾的瓷胎龍鳳紋鼻煙壺在瑪麗及莊智博收藏中僅見兩隻,後分別於2010年及2011年在香港邦瀚斯拍出,通過對比可推測此壺壺蓋應該已不是原配。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,第二部份,頁460 -463,編號1206、1207。另外一件見Denis S. K. Low,《More Treasures from The Sanctum of Enlightened Respect》, 香港,2002年,頁197,編號182。

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