A 'famille-rose' enamel on porcelain 'dragon' snuff bottle
Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period The compressed globular body rising to a waisted neck, the exterior moulded with a continuous design of a five-clawed dragon with its head turned backwards chasing a flaming pearl, the base with four-character zhuanshu seal mark. 5.6cm high.
A porcelain snuff bottle dated to the Daoguang period with similar design of the dragon moulded in relief from the Russell and Merced Mullin collection is illustrated by Hugh Moss and Stuart Sargent, This Snuff Bottle Monkey Business - The Mullin Collection and Its Story, Hong Kong, 2012, p.351, pl.136, where the author suggests the slightly more complex design of the five-clawed dragon in relief was intended for immediate members of the Imperial family. For another example with similar design from the collection of Anthony K. W. Cheung, see Tina Yee-wan Pang ed., Heavenly Creations, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collections of Anthony Cheung, Humphrey Hui, Po-ming Kwong, Tuyet Nguyet and Christopher Sin, Hong Kong, 2005, p.83, pl.113.
另外一件Mullin夫婦藏清道光瓷胎薄紙礬紅龍紋戲珠鼻煙壺，其工藝基本相同。詳見Hugh Moss與Stuart Sargent著，《This Snuff Bottle Monkey Business - The Mullin Collection and Its Story》，香港，2012年，頁351，編號136。書中作者認為，此類帶有淺浮雕效果的五爪龍文紋飾，其工藝較特殊，應該是專為道光年間皇親國戚所定制。參看鍾棋偉先生收藏另一件紋飾相同但無佛雕效果的鼻煙壺，彭綺雲編，《天地造化-中國鼻煙壺藏品》，香港大學，2005年，頁83，編號113。
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