Lot 31: Important and rare famille verte porcelain snuff bottle

Czerny's International Auction House

October 22, 2016
Sarzana (SP), Italy

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Description: dating: Jiaqing (1796-1820)
provenance: China
Tapered, oval shape with slightly-raised shoulders; finely moulded and pierced with nine, Buddhist lion playing and chasing brocade balls among clouds; the scene is enclosed in two, ruyi bands surrounding the foot and the neck; featuring an old label at the base. Missing cover. Between the 18th and the 19th Century, most of the Imperial production in Jingdezhen consisted in molded and monochrome snuff bottles like this, inspired to the ivory bottles from the palace workshops (the so-called 'imperial ivory” groups). See Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles II, Including an important section from the Marian Mayer Collection; pag. 22.
A similar, famille rose snuff bottle marked Jiaquing and of the period was sold at Bonhams, AUCTION 18456: SNUFF BOTTLES FROM THE MARY AND GEORGE BLOCH COLLECTION: PART I; 28 May 2010, HONG KONG, JW MARRIOTT HOTEL, lot. 83.
Another similar, famille rose snuff bottle marked Jiaquing and of the period was sold at Bonhams, AUCTION 20211: FINE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES; 20 March 2012, NEW YORK; lot. 3.
See another famille rose snuff bottle from Jiaquing period Bonhams, AUCTION 20524: THE PAUL BRAGA COLLECTION OF SNUFF BOTTLES, 24 November 2012, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY, lot.21.
Another famille rose snuff bottle, marked Jiaqing and of the same period was sold at Christie's, SALE 2801 – THE HILDEGARD SCHONFELD COLLECTION OF FINE CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLE, 21 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, lot. 1025.
A similar famille rose snuff bottle belongs to the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Galleria 236, Asian Art, second floor, collocation number 1939-31-31. See a similar similar, white, monochrome snuff bottle at Philadelphia Museum of Art, collocation number 1939-31-60.
Another similar, red, monochrome snuff bottle marked Jiaquing and of the same period is described in the Robert Hall catalogue: CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLE XI – THE SNOWY COLLECTION, lot number 45.
Another similar snuff bottle is described in Robert Hall Catalogue, Chinese Snuff Bottles II, Including an important section from the Marian Mayer Collection, lot number 14, Provenance: Marian Mayer Collection, #586.
See another similar, blue, monochrome snuff bottle at The Burghley Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, REFERENCE: CSBC 51.
A similar, famille rose snuff bottle can be found at the Victoria & Albert Museum; nr. C.1698-910.
The nine, Buddhist lions playing with the brocade balls among clouds create the rebus "deljiushitongju" (nine generations living in the same place) and are a good omen for a big and healthy family.
dimensions: height 7 cm.
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