An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle  1780-1823
Lot 8013
An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle 1780-1823
Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle  1780-1823 An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle  1780-1823 An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle  1780-1823
Lot Details
An inscribed green nephrite snuff bottle
1780-1823
Of compressed ovoid form imitating a hu bronze, with a rope-form lip around a wide mouth and a rope-form foot rim surrounding a shallowly recessed foot, the foot bearing an incised three character mark in clerical script reading "Yijin Zhai", the body with a design of interlaced rope threading through four huan discs, the interior well-hollowed, the stone with flecks of black.
2 1/4in (5.8cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    T.Y. King, Hong Kong

    The twisted rope pattern that appears on this and similar bottles (see also Masterpieces of Snuff Bottles in the Palace Museum, no 122; and A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles the Mary and George Bloch Collection volume I no. 102) is inspired by the designs that appear on early bronzes, and in this instance the green hue of the jade also mimics the patina that would appear on ancient bronzes.

    This impressively carved bottle also boasts an important pedigree, as the Yijin Zhai mark indicates that it was once in the collection of Yongxing (Prince Cheng) (1752-1823) the eleventh son of the Qianlong emperor. Yongxing was well-known for his calligraphic skills and for his collection of early calligraphy of which his most prized object was the Eastern Jin Dynasty calligrapher Lu Ji's (4th century) Pingfu tie, from whence the Yijin Zhai (The Jin Bequest Studio) derived its name. As a connoisseur of antiquity, Prince Cheng surely would have appreciated this snuff bottle's reference to the past. For more on Yongxing and Yijin Zhai, see Humphrey Hui. The Imperial Connection p. 37-39, no 92.
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