A lavender-blue glass snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Lot 138
A lavender-blue glass snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Sold for HK$ 43,750 (US$ 5,644) inc. premium

Lot Details
A lavender-blue glass snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830 A lavender-blue glass snuff bottle Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Snuff bottles formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection (lots 100-146)
A lavender-blue glass snuff bottle
Qing dynasty, 1730-1830
Of elegant near-meiping form with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim, the glass of a variegated, lavender-blue colour.
6.2cm high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Robert Hall (1984)

    Illustrated 出版:
    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. 690.

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

    Lavender-blue glass is a relatively rare colour, sometimes appearing undecorated, as here, but elsewhere carved with relief designs. It is a possible candidate for the 'azure- blue' (or 'blue sky after rain') designation found in early Chinese sources and recorded as a colour produced at the imperial glassworks as early as 1708 by imported Guangzhou glassmakers. The colour also appears in the archives published so far for 1715, 1721, 1725, 1726, 1727, and 1728. Even if this were the colour, however, it need not imply a Kangxi period for this example. Once established, any colour could be repeated at will.

    As to its provenance, the same problem is faced as with so many glass bottles: the imperial glassworks is a likely source, but there is little in the way of corroborating evidence. The shape is a modified meiping ('prunus- blossom vase'), which was popular at court, a fact that might nudge the bottle towards a palace provenance and, perhaps, a Qianlong date.

    1730-1830 天藍玻璃光素鼻煙壺

    壺以雜色透亮閃蘭色玻璃,平唇,微凸斂底,突出圈足,足底完全接觸地面。

    這種藍色是比較罕見的,有時是用來雕光素器的,有時是用來雕浮雕圖案器的。後者參見瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏第一場拍賣會,拍賣品號36。這是鼻煙壺界難得的顏色,而顏色從淡到深的變化,可珍賞。

    本壺有變形梅瓶形式,是宮廷喜愛的形式。所謂變形,這件壺腹下不斂,跟典型的梅瓶不一樣。
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