A fine reticulated turquoise-glazed snuff bottle Daoguang seal mark and of the period (2)

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A fine reticulated turquoise-glazed snuff bottle
Daoguang seal mark and of the period

Sold for HK$ 181,250 (US$ 23,208) inc. premium
A fine reticulated turquoise-glazed snuff bottle
Daoguang seal mark and of the period
The ovoid body covered in a turquoise glaze, with pierced decoration featuring a dragon and a phoenix chasing after the flaming pearl amidst billowing clouds and above raging waves, all beneath two bands of key-fret scrolls and ruyi-heads at the neck, the base carved with a four-character seal mark, stopper.
6.5cm (2 1/2in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 清道光 御製綠松釉鏤雕雲龍紋鼻煙壺 「道光年製」篆書款

    Provenance 來源:
    Acquired from Claire Lawrence (Chu), 1980s, by repute

    傳於1980年代購於Claire Lawrence (Chu)

    The present lot is in direct continuation of the preceding reign as demonstrated in two related turquoise-glazed snuff bottles: one from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by H.Moss, V.Graham and K.B.Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.6, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, pp.460-463, nos.1206 and 1207, which were subsequently sold in these rooms, 23 November 2010, lot 96 and 25 May 2011, lot 96. See also a turquoise-glazed snuff bottle, 1796-1820, from the Paul Braga collection, sold in these rooms, 24 November 2012, lot 39.

    It is believed that such carved porcelain snuff bottles may have been inspired by their imperial ivory counterparts. Monochrome glazes of varying colours were used to imitate various raw materials such as cinnabar lacquer, lapis lazuli and turquoise. However, early examples of ceramic bottles imitating turquoise are dated to the Qianlong period and are usually subtly enamelled with black lines. Although moulded porcelain bottles in monochrome colours with dragon and phoenix design were prevalent during the Jiaqing period, Daoguang mark and period examples are rare.

    The motif of a dragon and phoenix, symbolising the emperor and empress, presents the happy wish for conjugal bliss 龍鳳呈祥 longfeng chengxiang. Objects with this image, such as the present snuff bottle, were highly appropriate wedding gifts.

    以松石綠釉裝飾的瓷胎龍鳳紋鼻煙壺在嘉慶一朝已不多見,道光一朝作品更為稀少。嘉慶朝作品在瑪麗及莊智博收藏中僅見兩隻,後分別於2010年及2011年在香港邦瀚斯拍出,2010年11月23日,編號96及2011年5月25日,編號96,見莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著,《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection》,第6冊,第二部份,頁460-463,編號1206、1207。另見Paul Braga舊藏一例,後售於香港邦瀚斯,2012年11月24日,編號39。

    瓷胎模製浮雕鼻煙壺的製作也可能是受到早期象牙雕或漆器鼻煙壺工藝的影響而生,除以綠釉、藍釉、白釉等單色釉裝飾以外,亦有彩釉裝飾。有學者認為在瓷胎上施不同釉色是為模仿其他材質所製作的鼻煙壺,如藍釉以模仿青金石,紅釉以模仿剔紅,綠釉以模仿綠松石等等。然而乾隆早期所見的瓷胎松石釉鼻煙壺,通常都再以黑釉模仿綠松石的天然石紋。
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