• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 198

    A RARE MOLDED AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A RARE MOLDED AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Of compressed, tapering ovoid form, decorated on either main side with a bat in flight beside a peach tree sprouting from a rocky outcropping issuing from crashing waves, the narrow sides painted in iron red with stylized floral scroll, glass stopper
    2½ in. (6.3 cm.) high


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    The combination of a bat and sea waves represents the wish, 'may your happiness be as vast as the Eastern Sea', while peaches represent longevity.

    It is very rare to find this design on a porcelain bottle of this particular tapering ovoid form. This design is more commonly found on porcelain bottles with more broad shoulders, such as the Qianlong-marked example illustrated by R. Kleiner in Chinese Snuff Bottles in The Collection of Mary and George Bloch, London, 1995, p. 295, no. 195.

    Provenance

    Warren Stratford Trevors Collection.