An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760

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Lot 133
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle
Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760

Sold for HK$ 112,500 (US$ 14,446) inc. premium
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle
Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
5.05cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 5, no. 797

    淡黃玻璃磨棱鼻煙壺
    傳御用玻璃廠製的,北京,1700~1760

    An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle

    Translucent yellow glass; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; the body with octagonal facets with a superimposed, faceted, formalized wrapping
    Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
    Height: 5.05 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.6/1.4 cm
    Stopper: chalcedony; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: Barely perceptible nibbles to one area of outer lip and a couple of miniscule nibbles to one straight long edge; otherwise, workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Eric Young
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 28 October 1993, lot 1013

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 115
    Treasury 5, no. 797

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

    This is a meiping ('prunus-blossom vase') form that has been faceted. It is more typical of the standard porcelain shape, complete with a flared neck, but the faceting is both unusual and intriguing, and the concept appears to be a formalized version of a wrapped vessel. As a decorative motif, wrapping was quite common on Imperial porcelains from the Yongzheng and Qianlong era, and we suspect it to have been the inspiration for the upper plane of faceting here.

    Attribution to the Imperial glassworks is based on the faceting, Imperial colour, and shape, which we know was popular at court throughout the eighteenth century. We cannot absolutely rule out the possibility of a typical palace form, type of decoration, and colour being ordered elsewhere for the court, however. A similar form without the upper plane of 'wrapping' is known (see, for instance, a yellow version in Sotheby's, New York, 1 July 1985, lot 42, and another, also in yellow, Christie's, Hong Kong, 31 March 1992, lot 1585).


    淡黃玻璃磨梭鼻煙壺

    透亮黃色玻璃;平唇, 微凸斂底, 突出圈足,圈足底全面接觸地面;八面壺身雕琢小平面,小平面上又刻形式化的袱包紋
    推定為御用玻璃廠製的,北京,1700-1760
    高﹕ 5.05 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.6/1.4 厘米
    蓋﹕ 玉髓; 鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述: 唇外緣呈幾乎看不見的咬痕,壺身一棱有幾個微乎其微的咬痕;此外,出坊狀態

    來源:
    Eric Young
    香港蘇富比,1993年10月28日,拍賣品號 1013

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 115
    Treasury 5, 編號 797

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館, 倫敦,1995年6月~10月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷, 1997年,7月~11月

    本壺造型是瓷胎鼻煙壺典型的方式之一,但其刻面技術則迥出常格,是包容雍正、乾隆朝瓷胎煙壺常見的袱包紋。參見紐約蘇富比,1985年7月1日,拍賣品號 42;和香港佳士得,1992年3月31日,拍賣品號 1585;兩件也都是黃色的。
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
An octagonal yellow glass snuff bottle Attributable to the Imperial glassworks, Beijing, 1700-1760
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