An inscribed carnelian snuff bottle Qing dynasty
Lot 80
An inscribed carnelian snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
Sold for HK$ 800,000 (US$ 103,224) inc. premium
Lot Details
An inscribed carnelian snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
Of rectangular form with high shoulders, carved on one side with an inscription in kaishu, the reverse with an inscription in zhuanshu, the shoulders flanked by a pair of Buddhist lion ring handles.
6.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • 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.91, pl.209

    The inscriptions are proverbial, advocating people to be sensitive, use one's words correctly and live moderately.

    清 1800-1900 紅玉髓雕鋪首耳詩文鼻煙壺

    展覽:
    香港中國鼻煙壺收藏家學會、香港市政局聯辦,《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,1977年10月15日至11月26日

    出版:
    《中國鼻煙壺》,香港藝術館,香港,1977年,頁91,圖版209

    壺扁方形,直頸,平肩,橢圓圈足,下身微束。壺身一面陽刻「慎言語,節飲食。寡嗜欲,惜精神。」,並分別鈐一「芝」字圓印及「汀」字方印。另一面亦陽刻「持其志,無暴其氣。敏於事,而慎於言。」,並落款「一片冰心」。壺身兩側各雕一鋪首銜環耳。壺身以半透明紅玉髓作胎,暗紅質地,晶瑩潤澤。題詩中前句「持其志,無暴其氣」出自《孟子·公孫丑章句》,後一句「敏於事,而慎於言」則出於《論語》之中。
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