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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2014: Lot 79 

Lot 79

Lot 79
Treasury 6, no. 1144 (‘Auspicious Objects’)

Famille rose enamels on translucent white glass; with a flat lip and protruding flat foot; painted on each main side with a series of auspicious objects (on one side a perforated natural rock sculpture, a jardinière with a double-headed lingzhi growing beside acorus grass, a gu-beaker with a spray of chrysanthemum in it, a branch with two pomegranates, a tangerine, two apples, and a Buddha’s hand citron, while on the other side a vase with loose ring-handles containing a branch of hollyhock and long blades of the sweet flag, two further containers, one a jardinière on a stand, the other probably inspired by an ancient bronze vessel, both containing acorus grass, a basket of loquats, two radishes, and four water chestnuts); the foot inscribed in faint iron-red seal script Qianlong nian zhi 乾隆年製 (‘Made in the Qianlong era’)
Attributable to Yangzhou, 1775–1799
Height: 6 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.69/1.59 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; glass collar

Christie’s, South Kensington, 30 March 2000, lot 51  
Robert Hall (2000)

Treasury 6, no. 1144

This is one of the rarer subjects from Yangzhou enamellers, made particularly notable by the inclusion of the distinctive rock sculpture (although one other is recorded: Sotheby’s, New York, 17 March 1997, lot 72). It was not yet a familiar subject on snuff bottles, although a century later Zhou Leyuan made it one of the most popular subjects for inside-painted snuff bottles of the Beijing School, and it was common in earlier Qing painting, appearing also in other arts.

The heavy sepia colouring of the rock gives one side a distinctive air, but the enamelling style is otherwise typical of the classic Yangzhou wares, with thin enamels and a linear, painterly style with everything outlined in thin greyish-black.


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