A mother-of-pearl 'melon and squirrel' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1750-1880 Intricately formed as an elongated melon, beneath luxuriant sprigs issuing leafy vines in high relief, a squirrel with furry tail clambering at the top looking down on the succulent fruit. 5.8cm 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
Illustrated: Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, pp.110 and 130, pl.267
For another mother-of-pearl snuff bottle with similar technique in the Mary and George Bloch collection, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.3, Hong Kong, 1998, pp.192-195, no.436, and sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 65.
在製作鼻煙壺上，較多見以蚌殼薄片鑲嵌在漆器之上，古稱螺钿。而以原件蚌殼雕製鼻煙壺則更為特別，與本壺雕塑效果近似，但內容不同的例子可參考莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》，第3冊，頁192-195，編號436，後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯，瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏：第四部份，2011年11月28日，拍品編號65。
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