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

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 72

    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON-RED AND OF THE PERIOD, 1770-1795

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    **A RARE AND UNUSUAL FAMILLE ROSE PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON-RED AND OF THE PERIOD, 1770-1795
    Of compressed, faceted form with slightly convex lip and flat rectangular foot, painted on each side with a similar subject of various flowers including tree-peonies and chrysanthemums, framed by a border of 'C'-scroll motifs and dots and surrounded by a formalized floral design, the foot inscribed Qianlong nian zhi ('Made in the Qianlong period') in iron-red seal script, carnelian stopper with integral finial and collar
    2 in. (5.52 cm.) high


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    During the Qianlong period, under the directorship of Tang Ying at Jingdezhen, a series of spectacular enameled porcelain snuff bottles was produced in very small quantities for the Court. This set the standard for Imperial production of porcelain snuff bottles into the Daoguang period, although stylistically the designs and forms changed considerably over the century of their production. This rare example demonstrates the strong influence of Tang Ying's style and quality of enameling.

    Not only is the style of enameling typical of Imperial production, but the shape also makes reference to Court arts. The octagonal profile and raised circular panel are taken from the Palace glass shape, which in turn was taken from the shape of a European pocket watch. See a similar bottle with puce-enameled narrow sides, illustrated by M. Hughes, The Blair Bequest. Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Princeton University Art Museum, no. 202. Another bottle of the same shape and subject, but with simple dot borders, is illustrated by H. Moss in "Porcelain Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Alex S. Cussons", JICSBS, June 1976, p. 4, no. 1; while another example with iron-red decoration on the edges and narrow sides is in the Denis Low Collection, illustrated by R. Kleiner, Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, pp. 158-159. Floral designs on a white ground with formalized floral surrounds are also typical of Palace subject matter derived from a range of enameled glass and metal wares of the eighteenth century.

    See also a set of ten Jiaqing mark-and-period Imperial porcelain bottles also produced at Jingdezhen illustrated in Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, no. 90.

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    Provenance

    Mary Morrison, Vancouver, 1978


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. I, no. 209
    Snuff Bottles Aus China Sammlung J & J, 1996-1997, p. 19, fig. b
    The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle - The J & J Collection. An Exhibition at the Percival David Foundation, 1997, p. 19, fig. b
    The Miniature World - An Exhibition of Snuff Bottles from The J & J Collection, front cover and p. 52


    Exhibited

    Vancouver Centennial Exhibition, October 1977
    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