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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    **A FINELY CARVED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    XIAOTAO, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1860

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    **A FINELY CARVED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    XIAOTAO, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1860
    Of compressed form with convex lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, carved on one side with a riverside scene beneath the moon, with an elderly scholar holding a gnarled staff on the river-bank beneath bare trees growing from a towering rock face, greeting a fisherman who is rowing his skiff toward him, the reverse with relief inscription in draft script, 'A view of the pier under a bright moon', followed by the signature Xiaotao zuo ('Made by Xiaotao'), with a seal, Xiao, in seal script, the foot inscribed in relief seal script Qingxiang ('Pure and fragrant'), glass stopper with silver collar
    2½ in. (6.35 cm.) high


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    The genre of individually signed carved porcelains developed in the early-nineteenth century; a few artists specialized and became well-known while others only produced bottles occasionally. Xiaotao is otherwise unrecorded, but in the early years of the evolution of this art form, artists who went on to become well-known under their own names originally used pseudonyms.

    The shape suggests that the bottle dates to the Daoguang period. While the decoration is carved, the raised inscriptions on the reverse seem to have been achieved by applying liquid slip. The carving is extremely well executed and totally confident, proving the artist's potential in carving biscuit porcelain.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    John Ford Associates, Inc.
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., Hong Kong, 1981


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 250


    Exhibited

    Dallas Convention, October 1985
    Christie's, New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003