A very fine embellished gilt-bronze, jadeite and glass oblong octagonal cage-mounted snuff box and cover Qianlong, circa 1750
Lot 14
A very fine embellished gilt-bronze, jadeite and glass oblong octagonal cage-mounted snuff box and cover
Qianlong, circa 1750
HK$ 600,000 - 800,000
US$ 77,000 - 100,000
Lot Details
A very fine embellished gilt-bronze, jadeite and glass oblong octagonal cage-mounted snuff box and cover
Qianlong, circa 1750
The exquisitely extravagant box set with a dark green jadeite plaque on all eight sides within gilt frames, the panel on top made of semi-translucent emerald green glass, the cover inset with seed pearls and angled pink embellishments at the borders simulating flower petals, the sides decorated with alternating pink and white embellishments, the base and interior gilt and with a fine central floral medallion surrounded by scrolling leafy vines bound at the stem.
7.5cm wide; 6.5cm deep; 4.5cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 約1750年 銅鎏金嵌翠玉玻璃四方倭角盒

    Jadeite was a very expensive and rare commodity in the 18th century, before Emperor Qianlong's military campaign in the 1770s opened direct access to the jadeite sources in Burma. Examples of 18th century jadeite in the Court collections are often of small size, such as the thinly-carved panels incorporated into this cage-mounted box where the main metal ribs of the box are intended to protect the fragile jadeite panels from stress and impact damage. For a small circular jadeite box and cover, using the same highly-mottled stone, see Treasures of Imperial Court: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, no.195. For a smaller and less impressive example set with a green agate top, see the silver example illustrated by John Devereux Kernan, The Chait Collection of Chinese Export Silver, New York, 1975, no.253.

    盒呈四方形,倭角,上下掀蓋式,盒蓋八面嵌翠玉,間以鑲嵌的紅色及白色透明珠料,盒蓋頂部嵌綠色玻璃,四周嵌珍珠及粉紅色透明珠料各一周,盒蓋反面正中雕莨苕花一朵,四周飾纏枝莨苕葉紋。盒身八臂嵌翠玉,周圍亦以白色及紅色透明珠料嵌飾,盒底亦雕莨苕花及莨苕葉紋。整合以鑲嵌為主,珠光寶氣,盒底及蓋底刻花細緻,帶有西洋色彩,又蘊含東方韻味。
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