A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820

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Lot 132
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820

Sold for HK$ 25,000 (US$ 3,185) inc. premium
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
7.52cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 6, no. 1199

    白釉開片獅子抱球鼻煙壺
    擬景德鎮官窯作,1796~1820

    A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle

    Black enamel on crackled, colourless glaze on beige porcelain; one of two bottles in the Bloch Collection, each in the form of a reclining Buddhist lion clutching in its mouth and between its front paws a brocade ball, the ribbon from which extends beneath the naturalistic underside of the bottle, the pupils of the eyes painted black; the interiors unglazed
    Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
    Length: 7.52 cm
    Mouths: 0.71 cm
    Stoppers: malachite with a jadeite finial and vinyl collar

    Condition: Some restoration at the lip to make good a shallow chip; both ears also with restored chips; two small areas of restoration on the upper lip of the lion and two further areas of repair on the base along the ribbon flowing from the ball; a small dark crack on the ball just below the lip

    Provenance:
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1991)

    Published:
    Jutheau 1980, p. 91
    Treasury 6, no. 1199

    Other versions are known with overall enamelling. They all appear to date from the Jiaqing period and exist in sufficiently large numbers to demonstrate a popular and, probably, Imperial model.

    Like the upright model, this reclining version of the lion is also found in a coloured version, sometimes in the same blue colour seen on the upright ones. For examples representing the full range of possibilities, see the commentary to this and no. 1198 in Treasury 6.

    This and no. 1198 seem identical to each other, but they may still be from different moulds. Exterior details are uncannily similar, but measurements between certain points differ by a critical millimetre or two, which they shouldn't if they are from the same mould. Also, one is fatter in the rear haunches than the other, although it is conceivable that such a variation might be due to the hand fitting of the two halves. If they are from different moulds, it indicates how careful the mould makers were to maintain the precise details of a popular model in making a new set of moulds.


    白釉開片獅子抱球鼻煙壺

    米色瓷器胎,無色開片釉上黑琺瑯;二壺之一,模製獅子滾繡球形,內壁不施釉
    大概為景德鎮官窯作,1796–1820
    長: 7.52 厘米
    口: 0.71 厘米
    蓋﹕孔雀石,翡翠頂飾,乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 唇邊、耳朵、獅子上唇、沿底的綵帶,都有修補缺口的地方,繡球以壺唇下呈小暗色裂縫

    來源:
    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. (1991)

    文獻﹕
    Jutheau 1980, p. 91
    Treasury 6, 編號 1199

    這個造形也有畫琺瑯的,都似乎是嘉慶年間製的,應該是很受歡迎的御製模式。
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
A crackled-glaze porcelain 'lion' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, Jingdezhen, 1796–1820
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