496
496
A FAMILLE-ROSE 'QUAILS' SNUFF BOTTLE
SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAQING 
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 325,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
496
A FAMILLE-ROSE 'QUAILS' SNUFF BOTTLE
SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAQING 
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 325,000 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

A FAMILLE-ROSE 'QUAILS' SNUFF BOTTLE
SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAQING 

Provenance

Y.F. Yang, Hong Kong, 3rd May 1971 (HK$3,500).

Catalogue Note

This extremely rare Imperial snuff bottle, exquisitely enamelled on porcelain with a scene of quails amidst millet, appears to be one of two missing bottles from a set of ten originally in the Qing court collection. Seven of the ten are now preserved in their original box in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. See Chang Lin-sheng, Snuff Bottles in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p. 130, and detail, p. 113. One is still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong, 2003, pl. 329.

The combination of quail (anchun) and millet (maisui) is also a rebus for the auspicious four-character sui sui ping an, a traditional New Year’s greeting which can be translated as ‘May you have peace year after year’.  It is a popular subject matter on traditional Chinese paintings, especially those of the Song dynasty. 

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

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Hong Kong