A white nephrite 'taotie handles' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1850
Lot 54
A white nephrite 'taotie handles' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1770-1850
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Lot Details
A white nephrite 'taotie handles' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1770-1850
The body of rectangular form rising from a hollowed quatrelobed foot to a cylindrical neck, the plain body flanked by a pair of animal heads issuing ring handles.
5.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • For a similar example without the ringed handles in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, see Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p.173, pl.183 and 185. As illustrated, the court used to produce jade snuff bottles as a set, of which one bottle with handles, see ibid, p.146, pl.116.

    清 1770-1850 白玉獸首銜環長形鼻煙壺

    玉色白中帶點點青,壺大致呈長方形,近底部修窄,面塊與面塊之間成委角,直頸,左右兩面獸首銜環紋,比例恰當,沒有過長或過短,長方形圈足上飾委角,造型端莊雅致。

    類似的例子可參考台北故宮博物院之藏品,見國立故宮博物院,《故煙鼻煙壺》,台北,1991年,頁173,圖版183及185。這兩個例子的造型與本壺如出一轍,唯沒有飾上獅首銜環紋。宮廷在製造此類鼻煙壺時,喜歡以一套多件的形式表現,可見同書,頁146,圖版116。當中也會有一件如本壺的飾紋。
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