An ivory 'boy and double gourd' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
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An ivory 'boy and double gourd' snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
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An ivory 'boy and double gourd' snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
Finely carved in the form of a young boy depicted supporting a sumptuous double-gourd, the tip of the gourd the aperture of the vessel, all naturalistically rendered with sensitive attention to detail, the boy's face set in a mischievous expression, with additional deftly incised lines delineating the creases of his robes, retaining original pigments.
5.8cm high.

Footnotes

  • Illustrated:
    Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, p.204, pl.771
    Paul Braga, San Francisco Chinese Snuff Bottles Collectors, Part 1 , Arts of Asia, September-October 1983, Vol.13, No.5, p.108, pl.5

    清 1800-1900 象牙雕童子抱葫蘆鼻煙壺

    出版:
    Bob Stevens,《Snuff Bottles》, 紐約, 1976年, 頁204, 圖版771
    Paul Braga,〈San Francisco Chinese Snuff Bottles Collectors, Part 1〉,《Arts of Asia》,1983年9-10月,卷13,第五期,頁108,編號5

    壺呈葫蘆形,旁有一童子蹲著雙手抱葫蘆,兩眼凝望遠方,可愛自然。壺上繪有不同顏色,藍衣紅鞋童子,紫灰色地上繪卷草紋葫蘆,雖本來的顏色已退掉了不少,但別有一番韻味。此壺雕工精細,衣紋理交代清楚,人物神態自然,手感細膩,匠心獨韻。

    童子抱葫蘆有寓意子孫萬代,生生不息之意。常見以瓷胎製作童子抱葫蘆鼻煙壺,以象牙雕成的比較少見。瓷胎例子可參考本專場中,拍品編號26及110。
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