A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box Qianlong, circa 1760-1780
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A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box
Qianlong, circa 1760-1780
Sold for HK$ 750,000 (US$ 96,694) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box Qianlong, circa 1760-1780 A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box Qianlong, circa 1760-1780 A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box Qianlong, circa 1760-1780 A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box Qianlong, circa 1760-1780
A fine and very rare embellished gilt-bronze and famille rose blue-ground enamel 'European lady' oval snuff box
Qianlong, circa 1760-1780
The oval container with vertical oval side panels evenly spaced between raised floral sprays and surmounted by a twisted spiral band, the cover edge set with aventurine and blue glass beads, the shallowly-domed cover with a central enamel plaque depicting an elegant European female figure looking to her right and picking flowers, enclosed within bands of red, green, blue and purple beads, the box opening to reveal a mirror inside the cover.
9.8cm wide; 7cm deep; 5.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 約1760-1780年 銅鎏金嵌金星玻璃畫琺瑯西洋仕女鼻煙盒

    Although it was very much a Canton style of craftsmanship, combining enamel with hardstone embellishments was obviously popular at the Beijing Court. A gold vessel enamelled all over with translucent green enamel and further decorated with ruby chips in the taste of Indian Mughal flower heads, is still in Beijing, illustrated in Treasures of Imperial Court: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, nos.207,208; and see also the silver-bodied similar stem bowl and stand, ibid. no.206.

    It is possible in the case of this fine (but unusually wide and thin) box that the immediate source of design inspiration may have been an English tooth-pick case of the type illustrated by A.Kenneth Snowman, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, no.483 (colour plate): this fine London-made slender oval box was adorned with a handsome enamelled portrait of the Indian Governor Warren Hastings, and presented to him by a group of Indian Rajahs in about 1785.

    See a similar example with comparable designs and also with a blue panel as the cover in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated by Hou, Yi-Li, Lifting the Spirit and Body: The Art and Culture of Snuff Bottles, Taipei, 2012, pp.270-271, no.IV-060.

    盒呈橢圓形,上下掀蓋式,蓋正面中央嵌畫琺瑯西洋仕女飾片於透明藍色玻璃上,仕女金髮碧眼,頭戴花環,兩頰紅潤,微微側身,右手持一簇鮮花,背景畫藍色及綠色琺瑯,綠圃藍天,蓋邊沿分別嵌藍色及紅色料珠,盒蓋外簷則嵌橢圓形藍色料珠。盒身外壁飾捲草紋,并間隙嵌飾藍色及金星玻璃橢圓形小開光。盒蓋反面置一鏡面。

    現藏於台北國立博物館之畫琺瑯盒,其蓋盒以藍色底板為本,與本拍品之概念相近,可參見於見侯怡利編:《通嚏輕揚-鼻煙壺文化特展》,台北,2012年,頁270-271,編號IV-060。
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