A pink overlay glass 'sages and deer' snuff bottle Li Junting school, Yangzhou, 1800-1840
Lot 9
A ruby-red overlay glass 'sages and deer' snuff bottle Attributed to Yangzhou, circa 1870-1890
Sold for HK$ 312,500 (US$ 40,299) inc. premium
Lot Details
A ruby-red overlay glass 'sages and deer' snuff bottle
Attributed to Yangzhou, circa 1870-1890
Of elegant cylindrical form, gently rising from a pronounced oval footring and tapering at the neck, carved as a single overlay with a continuous design of a deer carrying the fruit of longevity beside lingzhi shrubs, a sage carrying a walking stick with his attendant by his side and a crane below scrolling bats, the shoulder with a carved four-character inscription, all on a white ground.
6.3cm 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

    Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.31, pl.29

    The four-character expression reads shoutong shanjian, which literally translates as 'Longevity like a high mountain'.

    For a closely related ruby-red overlay glass bottle originally attributed to Li Junting, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.5, Glass, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.749-750, no. 1034. Originally attributed to Yangzhou, circa 1800-1840, this group of exceptionally high quality glass snuff bottles, characteristed by low-relief decoration, carefully attached inner footrim and the literati preference of accenting a painting with inscriptions, were considered the work of Li Junting, a master glass maker in Yangzhou. A turquoise-blue glass overlay snuff bottle, illustrated ibid, pp.720-721, no. 1021, and sold in these rooms, 28 May 2010, lot 119, and inscribed in relief seal script 'Precious collection of Mr Li of Jingjiang, twelth month of the year jimao', was originally though to correspond to 1819.

    However, recent research by Hugh Moss and Stuart Sargent, The World in a Bottle in the World at the End of the Qing Empire. Part 2: Yangzhou Overlay Glass, The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society Journal, Vol.XLIII, Number 1, Spring 2011, pp.22-29, has revealed that there were two brothers by the name of Li who are mentioned in Imperial court records for 29 March, 1886: Li Peisong, a taoyuan (circuit intendant); and Li Weizhi, a Yangzhou salt merchant, investor and philanthropist who is recorded as having been deeply involved in fundraising for famine and disaster relief. It is argued that the aforementioned cyclically dated snuff bottle corresponds to 1879. and confirm that 'Li Yunting' was not a glassmaker, but a patron of a local glass-carving workshop, which probably flourished in the 1870s and 1880s.

    For another Yangzhou glass overlay snuff bottle, cyclically dated corresponding to 1884, see lot 105.

    約1870-1890 (傳)揚州 白套紅玻璃壽同山間鼻煙壺




    在瑪麗及莊智博收藏中,有一件可作比較的白套紅玻璃鼻煙壺,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,頁749-750,編號1034,兩者工藝之準繩,套色之配合如出一轍。此組高質素的鼻煙壺傳是揚州作坊於1800-1840年作,特點在於淺浮雕,圈足套料嚴謹完整,書畫並列,充滿文人氣色,舊多指傳為一流揚州玻璃製造者李韻亭(活躍於1797-1840)作的。其中一件曾指為出自李韻亭之手的例子,藍地白料套鼻煙壺,可參見於同書,頁720-721,編號1021,後拍賣於香港邦瀚斯,瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:首場,2010年5月28日,拍賣編號119。該壺上題「己卯十二月京江李氏珍藏」,當時定為1819年之作。

    可是,最近莫士撝及Stuart H. Sargent在研究《清史錄》中指出,在1886年3月29日宮廷檔案中,在李氏家族其實是有兄弟二人,分別是李培楨(又名李維之)及李培松(又名李韵亭),前者為一位江蘇士紳,後者為一位揚州鹽商,慈善家,由此推翻上述藍地白料套鼻煙壺之斷代,應是1879年,既然李韻亭是一位商家,在日理萬機的事業上,不可能是一位玻璃製造者,反而是一位贊助者,贊助當地玻璃作坊,而該作坊則活躍於1877-1881年。詳細研究,可參考莫士撝與Stuart H. Sargent合著,〈清朝末期的瓶中世界:第2部份:揚州選彩玻璃〉一文,載於《JICSBS》,2011年春季刊,頁22-29。
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