A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
Lot 96
An enamel on porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period
Sold for HK$ 68,750 (US$ 8,865) inc. premium

Lot Details
An enamel on porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850 A 'famille-rose' porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period, 1821-1850
An enamel on porcelain 'grasshopper' snuff bottle
Daoguang iron-red four-character seal mark and of the period
Of compressed globular form rising from a hollowed oval foot to a cylindrical neck, painted on both sides with a grasshopper standing on a green grass ground with floral petals, the base with four-character zhuanshu seal mark.
5.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • The subject of the grasshopper on the current lot is rarer than on other examples, where grasshoppers are usually depicted individually without any background or with a gourd as its carrier.

    The appearance of grasshoppers or katydids became a popular subject matter for decorations on snuff bottles during the late Qianlong period, mostly seen on the enamelled-glass wares which bear guyuexuan marks. However it was during the Daoguang period when the design permeated into the Imperial court as a favoured subject. The popularity of the design is also considered a by-product of the fashion for selecting and breeding the finest fighting crickets in the Daoguang period. Compare a snuff bottle of similar design from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated in Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.6, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.690-691, no.1318, sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 164.


    清道光 1821-1850 瓷胎粉彩蟈蟈鼻煙壺 礬紅「道光年製」篆書款

    壺扁圓身,直徑,溜肩,橢圓形淺圈足,壺身兩面分別繪一隻蟈蟈伏於草地,草地中稀疏散落桃色花瓣,蟈蟈兩根觸鬚上下分別延伸至壺肩及近足處,意趣盎然。壺底礬紅書「道光年製」四字篆書款。

    此鼻煙壺與其他繪蟈蟈的例子有所不同。道光時期繪蟈蟈瓷胎煙壺一般多見兩類紋飾,一類無任何背景,只畫一隻蟈蟈在壺身兩面,另一類通常繪一裝蟈蟈的竹籠作為背景或裝飾。然而以草地及蟈蟈的組合的例子卻較為少見。

    蟈蟈在乾隆晚期便成為在鼻煙壺上較為流行的裝飾紋飾,大多則見於攜有「古月軒」款識的琺瑯彩料胎鼻煙壺之上。直至道光時期,此類主題便開始受到宮廷寵愛,隨之出現一批清宮定燒以蟈蟈為主題裝飾的瓷胎鼻煙壺。蟈蟈圖案的興起與中國喜飼養蟋蟀及蟈蟈的文化有必然聯繫,中國蟋蟀文化源遠流長,宋時盛行,至清代時已經極為講究,飼養除看中矯健的體型外,外觀顏色更是有尊卑之分。另一個以蟈蟈為裝飾的瓷胎鼻煙壺,見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》,第6冊,第三部份,頁690-691,編號1318,後在香港邦瀚斯瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏:第四部分拍出,2011年11月28日,拍品編號164。
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