A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800

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Lot 135
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800

Sold for HK$ 100,000 (US$ 12,863) inc. premium
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle
Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
4.83cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 1, no. 83

    白玉仿古梅瓶式鼻煙壺
    擬為御製品,傳宮廷作坊製品,北京,1736~1800

    A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle

    Mottled nephrite, not very well hollowed, with a recessed, circular foot; carved with a continuous band of archaistic 'C' motifs and raised knobs between single-line borders, the shoulders with two loop-handles for a suspension cord
    Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
    Height: 4.83 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.58/1.19 cm
    Stopper: stained chalcedony; gilt-silver collar

    Condition: Natural flaws in the stone; workshop condition

    Provenance:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1994)

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 51
    Treasury 1, no. 83

    Exhibited:
    British Museum, June–October 1995

    There are a number of features here that we feel are characteristic of both Imperial snuff bottles and a probable palace workshop origin: the vase form, the less-than-painstaking hollowing through a wide mouth, the heavy base, where the hollowing stops well short of the foot, the loop handles for a cord, the flattened palace neck rim, the slightly flawed nephrite, and the archaistic decoration. Quite apart from the choice and style of the decoration, its placing is also typical of jade snuff bottles attributable to the palace workshops, with the single band of archaistic motifs placed above the centre line of the body (see Treasury 1, no. 94, and Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, nos. 34 and 36).


    白玉仿古梅瓶式鼻煙壺

    斑駁的閃玉,掏膛不太規整 , 斂底;腹兩道凸弦紋間琢雲紋一周,環耳
    擬為御製品,大概為宮廷作坊製品,北京,1736–1800
    高﹕ 4.83 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.58/1.19 厘米
    蓋﹕ 沁染玉髓; 鎏金銀座

    狀態敘述: 材質呈天然瑕疵;出坊狀態

    來源:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (Hong Kong, 1994)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 51
    Treasury 1, 編號 83

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~10月

    本壺具有多數御製鼻煙壺的特色,如其瓶形、寬口、掏膛不規整、厚底、環耳、口緣出平唇一圈、閃玉中含些瑕疵、仿古圖案和圖案的位置等等,都是御製品或宮廷作坊的特點。參閱Treasury 1, 編號 94,及 Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, 編號 34 及 36) 。
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
A white nephrite 'meiping' snuff bottle Probably Imperial, attributable to the palace workshops, Beijing, 1736–1800
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