AN IRON-RED AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
AN IRON-RED AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE

JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1880

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AN IRON-RED AND ENAMELED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
JINGDEZHEN KILNS, 1820-1880
The bottle is inscribed around the body in iron-red enamels with an Imperial poem on tea, san qing cha, followed by two seals reading Qianlong, all between green and black-enameled ruyi bands.
2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
Robert Kleiner, London, 2010.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5033.

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Lot Essay

The poem on this bottle, composed by the Qianlong Emperor in 1746, describes the merits of drinking his "three scents tea" (sanqingcha), which were of plum blossoms, finger citron and pine nuts. It appears on a range of Imperial porcelains, mostly teapots and tea-trays, but continued to be used on snuff bottles during the 19th century. A blue and white snuff bottle with this poem was in the Meriem Collection and sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2007, lot 704, and another blue and white example is illustrated by J. Ford, Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Edward Choate O'Dell Collection, Baltimore, 1982, p. 67, no. 170. See, also, Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 6, Part 3, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 840-1, no. 1397, for an iron-red enamel and underglaze-blue-decorated bottle, along with a full translation of the poem.

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