A turquoise porcelain reticulated 'dragon' snuff bottle
Attributable to Wang Bingrong, 1820-1860 Of flattened form, the body boldly carved and reticulated with a sinuous five-clawed dragon depicted in pursuit of a flaming pearl, all amidst stylised clouds and flame scroll, the pupils of the eyes painted black. 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, p.45, pl.70
Although no potter's signature can be found on current lot, the style of construction and finely reticulated design is closely related to a turquoise-blue porcelain snuff bottle with Wang Bingrong mark in 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, p.774, no.1358.
參看瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏中，另一隻帶有「王炳榮作」底款的瓷胎松石釉鏤雕鼻煙壺，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，第三部份，頁774，編號1358；此器雖未署作者底款，但從鏤雕工藝及壺身造型來看都極為相近。從已知傳世名家所作鼻煙壺來分析，並不是所有煙壺都會刻有作者的名字，可以推斷瓷器也許亦為王炳榮所作。
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