• Lot 66

    RARE TABATIERE EN BEC DE CALAO SCULPTE

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE DAOGUANG (1821-1850)

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    RARE TABATIERE EN BEC DE CALAO SCULPTE
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, EPOQUE DAOGUANG (1821-1850)
    De forme balustre, à décor finement sculpté, sur une face d'un sage sous un arbre assis sur un rocher et de son serviteur debout face à lui, le revers orné d'une inscription 'Meilleurs auspices et prospérité dignes des princes et des rois. Fait pendant l'année de Guimao de Daoguang (1843) d'après la calligraphie d'un bronze de la Dynastie Han', les côtés rehaussés d'un dragon stylisé, le bouchon en jadéite
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 7 cm. (2¾ 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). Many of his signed works are carved with very similar chi dragon narrow sides, as seen on the present example, allowing the possibility that the workshop with which he was associated also made a range of plain bottles.
    See also a bottle with a similar design signed Baishi and dated 1836 sold in our New York Rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 9. See another example dated to 1843 but carved on one side with a qilin reaching towards the sun illustrated in J. Ford, Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Edward Choate O'Dell Collection, Baltimore,1982, no.76

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    Provenance

    Edmund F. Dwyer Collection, Los Angeles


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Literature

    L. Perry, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Adventures and Studies of a Collector, Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, 1960, p.130, no.125
    B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, New York and Tokyo, 1976, figs 736, 737


    Post Lot Text

    A RARE CARVED HORNBILL SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)