A cinnabar-red and emerald-green glass overlay 'crane and bats' snuff bottle Yangzhou, 1830-1890
Lot 108
A cinnabar-red and emerald-green glass overlay 'crane and bats' snuff bottle Yangzhou, 1830-1890
Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,256) inc. premium
Lot Details
Snuff bottles formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection (lots 100-146)
A cinnabar-red and emerald-green glass overlay 'crane and bats' snuff bottle
Yangzhou, 1830-1890
Of elegant curved form with a flat lip and slightly recessed foot, carved as a double overlay through the cinnabar-red and emerald-green overlays with a continuous scene of a rocky promontory rising out of the ocean, with two bats flying above it and a crane flying towards it, holding a tally in its beak, the sun rising above the formalized waves.
7.6cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Hartman Trading Corporation, New York (1964)
    Emily Byrne Curtis
    Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1984, lot 168

    Illustrated 出版:
    Emily Byrne Curtis, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Emily Byrne Curtis. Catalog of an exhibition at the Newark Museum,, New York, 1982, no. 2 (colour frontispiece).
    Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 5, Hong Kong, 2002, no. 1017.

    Exhibited 展覽:
    Newark Museum, October-November 1982
    British Museum, London, June-October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July-November 1997

    This outstanding glass overlay snuff bottle ranks amongst the highest quality bottles produced in Yangzhou in the 19th century. For another rare example of carved realgar-glass decorated with five cranes in the Tuyet Nguyet Collection, see Christopher Sin, Humphrey Hui, and Po Ming Kwong, A Congregation of Snuff Bottle Connoisseurs: An Exhibition of Chinese Snuff Bottles at the Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong ,1996, no. 76.

    The expression haiwu tianchou, 'adding tallies to a house over the ocean' can be abbreviated to haichou, 'ocean tallies', and we seem to have a corresponding visual abbreviation here, the mansion or tower often associated with this theme being absent—or hidden in the folds of the mountain.

    1830-1890 揚州 白套雙色玻璃海屋添籌圖鼻煙壺

    壺以透亮白地、透亮漆紅料及鮮綠料組成;平唇,平微斂底,圈足,足底全面接地;刻通體海屋添壽圖。

    可參考的五鶴添籌圖材有Holden 1994,編號39和Tuyet Nguyet 珍藏的一件藏品,見冼祖謙、許建勳、鄺溥銘,《壺趣集慶:中國鼻煙壺展》,1996,編號76。其實,本壺的母題是簡略的,因為海屋給省略了。
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