A fine white jade 'four-xi' snuff bottle 18th/19th century (3)

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A fine white jade 'four-xi' snuff bottle
18th/19th century

Sold for HK$ 188,125 (US$ 24,038) inc. premium
A fine white jade 'four-xi' snuff bottle
18th/19th century
Of tapered rectangular form raised on a quatrelobed foot, each side delicately carved in low relief with a shuangxi (double-happiness) character within canted egdes, each narrow side carved in high relief with a lion-mask handle suspending a fixed ring, the softly polished stone of an even white tone, coral stopper, wood stand.
6.4cm (2 1/2in) high. (3).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 白玉雕四喜臨門鼻煙壺

    Provenance:
    An important European private collection, purchased from Spink & Son Ltd., on 8 December 1960
    Christie's London, 15 May 2012, lot 149
    Marchant, London

    Exhibited, Published and Illustrated:
    Marchant, 90th Anniversary Exhibition: Ninety Jades for 90 Years, London, 2015, no.68

    來源:
    歐洲重要私人舊藏,1960年12月8日購於倫敦Spink & Son有限公司
    倫敦佳士得,2012年5月15日,拍品編號149
    倫敦Marchant

    展覽、出版及著錄:
    Marchant,《玉器九十,90週年特展》,倫敦,2015年,編號68

    Four xi characters form the ligature known as shuangxi, 'double happiness', which is a popular decorative symbol used in wedding celebrations.

    Compare with two undecorated white jade snuff bottles of similar form, each with a quatrelobed foot, illustrated in Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p.173, nos.183 and 185.

    白玉質,潔白瑩潤,方壺形,前後兩面減地浮雕雙喜紋,兩側浮雕獅面鋪首,寓意四喜臨門,圈足倭腳,琢磨工整。配珊瑚壺蓋,蓋浮雕蟠螭紋。

    鋪首之制可遠追先秦兩漢銅器,漢代以來鋪首釘在大門上作為敲門環,常作獸首銜環形。囍字為民間俗子,常用於婚慶裝飾。本品上大下小,四角倭角之形制可參考台北故宮所藏兩件青玉方壺式鼻煙壺,見《故宮鼻煙壺》,台北,1991年,頁173,編號183、185。
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