487
487
AN AMBER PIG-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
487
AN AMBER PIG-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 475,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong

AN AMBER PIG-FORM SNUFF BOTTLE
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

Provenance

Collection of H.R.N. Norton.
Sotheby's London, 5th November 1963, lot 125.
The Kurt Graf Blucher von Wahlstatt (Count Blucher) Collection.
Hugh Moss Ltd, London, 26th February 1972 (£1,500).

Literature

Hugh M. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London, 1971, p. 97, no. 158.

Catalogue Note

SNUFF BOTTLES AND JADES FROM AN OLD HONG KONG FAMILY COLLECTION

The following collection of snuff bottles, jades and hardstone carvings (lots 487-628) was formed by an erudite couple with a true passion for Chinese art. Most of the snuff bottles were acquired in Hong Kong from Y.F. Yang, with whom they would regularly dine out in a fine restaurant, coinciding the evening with an acquisition of one of the superb snuff bottles on offer. In that golden era of collecting, primarily from the late 1960s to early 1970s, a great range of high-quality bottles was available, both antique examples such as the Jiaqing porcelain bottle decorated with quails, formerly in the Qing court collection (lot 496), and contemporary masterpieces created by Wang Xisan at the zenith of his career. The snuff bottle collection encompasses a great diversity of media and subject matter, and is particularly notable for the sheer quality of the glass bottles, with their kaleidoscopic range of colours. A particularly favourite bottle of theirs was the delightful amber pig (lot 487), originally sold by H.R.N. Norton at Sotheby’s London in 1963, and now being dispersed with the rest of the collection for others to enjoy.

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A closely related amber pig-form snuff bottle from the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated in Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 7, Hong Kong, 2009, no. 1596, was sold in these rooms, 1st June 2015, lot 20. 

See also another rare amber pig-form snuff bottle from the collection of Christopher Sin, illustrated by Humphrey Hui, An Addicted Dedication, Book I, Hong Kong, 2013, cat. no. 320, where the author points out that pigs are an ancient symbol of wealth. They also insinuate wealth, with chushou (front trotters) being a pun for hangjiu chushou ('unexpected money is at hand').

Chinese Art, including Snuff Bottles and Jades from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection

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Hong Kong