• Lot 183

    TABATIERE EN BEC DE CALAO SCULPTE

    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE

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    TABATIERE EN BEC DE CALAO SCULPTE
    CHINE, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE
    De forme balustre, l'avers bombé décoré d'un couple amoureux sur une terrasse arborée et rocailleuse, près d'un palais, le revers plat représentant une femme assise près d'un bureau, un enfant à ses pieds, les côtés rehaussés d'emblèmes taoïstes, le bouchon en pierre cerclée de métal
    Hauteur: 4,8 cm. (1 7/8 in.)


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    Hornbill was a valued substance to the Chinese well before snuff bottles came into fashion in the Qing dynasty. It came into its own, however, for the manufacture of Qing belt-buckles, snuff bottles, and other small objects during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Among the greatest carvers of the material was the scholarly artist known as Baishi, who signed his wares and dated two of them, establishing himself as having worked in the Daoguang period. Although many of his bottles are signed, it is also obvious that he produced unsigned works as well (see, for instance, a bottle formerly from the Meriem Collection, sold in our New York Rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 707).

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    Provenance

    Drouot, Paris, Vente Ader, April 1975, lot 319


    Pre-Lot Text

    FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PRIVATE AMATEUR
    PART ONE


    Post Lot Text

    A CARVED HORNBILL SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, 18TH/19TH CENTURY