An orange and red 'realgar' glass 'fish and waterplants' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1740-1820 The compressed shield shaped body rising to a slightly flared cylindrical neck, the exterior finely carved through the red overlays with a continuous scene of six fish swimming amidst water plant sprays, all against an orange-beige ground with green and caramel vein inclusions. 5.3cm high.
Illustrated: Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, p.85
Realgar-glass pieces were largely produced in the Imperial workshop. A notable example is a Yongzheng reign-marked realgar-glass waterpot from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing and illustrated by Zhang Rong, Lustre of Autumn Ware. Glass of the Qing Imperial Workshop, Beijing, 2004, p.137, no. 15. See Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.5, Glass, Hong Kong, 2002, pp.138-140, no. 703, where the authors discuss how realgar-glass was shipped to Europe and England during the early eighteeth century, with examples from the Sir Hans Sloane collection donated to the British Museum in 1753.
A similar realgar-glass snuff bottle from the J & J Collection was sold, Christie's New York, 17 September 2008, lot 35.
清 1740-1820 攪色仿雞冠石地套紅玻璃金玉滿堂鼻煙壺
出版： Paul Braga, 《Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors》, Arts of Asia, 1976年11-12月, 頁85
仿雞冠石玻璃素面器以宮內玻璃廠製品為多，在清宮舊藏中便有一件雍正款仿雞冠石玻璃水丞，早在18世紀初，便有經海外貨船，把仿雞冠石玻璃器運至歐洲及英國各地，可以總結，仿雞冠石玻璃在17世紀末在傳教士的監督下，在宮內玻璃廠已有所燒製，後於18世紀流通。有關研究及例子可參見請參見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》，第5冊，第一部份，頁138-140，編號703。
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