A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910
Lot 114Y
A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910
Sold for HK$ 162,500 (US$ 20,935) inc. premium

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A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910 A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910 A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910 A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910
Snuff bottles formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection (lots 100-146)
A carved ivory 'conjoined fish' snuff bottle
Imperial Master, Japan, 1854–1910
Carved in the form of two stylised carp joined belly to belly leaping from stylised waves, with a flat lip and concave foot surrounded by a flat footrim, the two fish joined together at the heads, but with a recessed channel of stylised waves between their bellies joined to the more naturalistic waves around the base, which are separated from the plain outer footrim by a beaded border, the fishes' eyes inlaid in jet; the foot inscribed in seal script, Qianlong nian zhi (Made during the Qianlong period), filled with yellow pigment.
7.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Dwight C. Harris
    Christie's London, 13 November 1961, lot 50
    Krolik Collection
    Bluett & Son, London
    Hugh Moss (1985)
    Robert Hall (1985)

    Illustrated 出版:
    G. Bernard Hughes, When Mandarins Used Scented Snuff, Country Life (London), 14 April 1966, p.864.
    Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, December 1975, p.13, figs. 58 and 59
    Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, December 1977, p.28, fig. 56
    Snuff Bottles of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1978, p.57, no.32
    Orientations, October 1978, p.45
    Jutheau 1980, p. 128, fig. 4
    Illustrated London News, Summer 1990, p. 47
    Orient Express Magazine, Summer 1990, p. 47
    Prestige, Summer 1990, p. 47
    Arts of Asia, September–October 1990, p. 91
    Eastern and Oriental Magazine, April 1994, p. 62
    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, British Museum Press, London, 1995, no. 317
    Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Autumn 2000, front cover
    Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 7, Hong Kong, 2009, no. 1681.

    Exhibited 展覽:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, October-December 1978
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–January 1995
    British Museum, London, June–October 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997

    This unique model from the Imperial Master is taken from the design of an earlier Chinese moulded-porcelain bottle produced at Jingdezhen in the mid-Qing period. In the Metropolitan Museum in New York, there is a moulded porcelain bottle of this same design covered with a white glaze, with black eyes. It was purchased in 1879 (79.2.482), so there is no reason why a similar bottle from the same mould should not have been in Japan in the second half of the nineteenth century. Another porcelain version from the same mould and of the same colouring is in the Chester Beatty Collection (Arts of Asia, March–April 1988, p. 61, fig. 13). The colouring of both bottles suggests that they were originally intended to simulate ivory with inlaid eyes, so the Imperial Master's version in ivory with inlaid eyes becomes amusingly appropriate.

    The apocryphal reign mark here has some of the standard problems for this group. The characters Qian and nian are reasonably accurately copied, but the character long is wrongly written, with the lower left hand flourish separated from the rest of the left-hand element of the character. Another typical problem is the horizontal line above the lower element of the character zhi. This has been shortened and joined to the upper elements of the character.

    1854-1910 日本 象牙雕雙魚形鼻煙壺

    壺以二鯉魚接著腹部升濤為造型;平唇,凹底,圈足,足底全面接地;魚眼鑲嵌著煤玉,底書「乾隆年製」篆書款,上填以黃顏料,為仿御製品大師之作品。

    本壺的祖本是清中葉景德鎮製的模製鼻煙壺。紐約大都會藝術博物館藏有相同設計的白釉模製鼻煙壺,是1879年購入的。推斷同模子的類似煙壺在十九世紀中葉流到日本是大有可能的。
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