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

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    **AN UNUSUAL ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1790-1840

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    **AN UNUSUAL ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
    JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1790-1840
    The molded body of compressed form with slightly concave lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, the outer layer of the double body pierced through, painted in famille rose enamels with a design of circular panels with a floral design including peony and lotus blossoms, the four on the two main sides overlapping beneath formalized lingzhi heads, all set against a swastika-diaper ground, the neck painted with a band of dragonflies and flowers, between gilt line borders around the base and panels, the lip gilt, gilt-bronze stopper pierced and decorated with a shou ('longevity') character on a highly formalized floral ground, integral collar
    3 in. (7.82 cm.) high


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    See a similar bottle from the Walters Art Gallery but with different details and beneath monochrome green enamel, illustrated in JICSBS, September 1975, p. 7.

    This bottle is probably of Jiaqing date and a commercial product of Jingdezhen, as evidenced by the same decorative idea used in different ways - when dealing with a market made up of multiple, private clients, it made sense to vary the decorative scheme widely, even while using a single mold. With an Imperial order, on the other hand, the bureaucratic system encouraged sets and series of similarly decorated bottles, rather than many variations from a similar mold.

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    Provenance

    Eugene Sung, New York, 1977


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 1, no. 234


    Exhibited

    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