**A FINE COPPER-RED AND UNDERGLAZE-BLUE-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE SEAL SCRIPT AND LATE IN THE PERIOD, 1770-1799
Of compressed pear form with recessed foot surrounded by a footrim, finely decorated
around the sides with a five-clawed dragon flying amidst red flames and blue clouds to
confront another dragon seen rising from the wave band above the foot, the base
inscribed in a line in underglaze-blue seal script Qianlong nian zhi (Made in the
Qianlong period), aventurine stopper with integral finial and silver collar
6 cm. high
P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.
It is notoriously difficult to control the firing of underglaze copper red and still more difficult to
control it in combination with underglaze cobalt blue. Here the line of the blue is unusually precise
and sharp, while the copper red has also fired to an ideal color. The present lot bears one of the
earliest known underglaze-blue Qianlong marks on porcelain snuff bottles.
One of the Twelve Symbols of Sovereignty, and thus representing the Emperor, the dragon is also
symbolic of the natural world, adaptability, and transformation.