16 September 2015
A FAMILLE ROSE MOLDED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDEZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG SIX-CHARACTER SEAL MARK IN IRON RED AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
The body is molded in high relief with a continuous scene of figures in boats, three figures in a sampan on one side and two standing in a skiff on the reverse, the two scenes separated by willow trees growing from rocks, and all against a ground of wind-tossed waves below multi-colored clouds and a band of key fret on the neck.
2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high, porcelain stopper
Robert Hall, London, 2010.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5072.
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Hugh M. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London, 1971, p. 127, no. 299.
The scene on this bottle most likely represents an episode from the Ming dynasty tale Yuchai ji ('Story of the Jade Hairpin'), where Daoist nun, Chen Miaochang, hires a boat to pursue her lover, Pan Bizheng.
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