A painted enamel 'European subject' snuff bottle, Mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 銅胎畫琺瑯西洋人物圖鼻煙壺 《乾隆年製》款
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A painted enamel 'European subject' snuff bottle
Mark and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 銅胎畫琺瑯西洋人物圖鼻煙壺 《乾隆年製》款
of flattened flask form with a flat rim and a slightly convex base, one of the broad sides painted with a woman in a rose-colored dress sitting on a stone wall looking at a dragonfly hovering between her and a nearby boy dressed in a blue tunic, the boy's eyes fixed on the insect and his hands lifted to capture it, the figures surrounded by a verdant landscape with a European castle and snow-capped purple mountains in the background, the opposite side with a woman in a celadon dress seated on a stone wall extending a pink blossom in her hand to a young girl in pink dress standing below, the background also with a European building and snow-capped purple mountains, each pictorial cartouche surrounded by a blue foliate band, the narrow sides with a pale yellow ground and stippled dots, the white-enameled base painted with a four-character mark in blue, domed gilt-metal stopper (2)
Height 1⅞ in, 4.8 cm
In overall good condition, with only a couple tiny flakes to the enamel along the rim and one minute nick to the yellow enamel at side. Minor expected wear to the gilding.
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Collection of Kenyon V. Painter, Sr. (1867-1940) and Maud Wyeth Painter (1885-1971), and thence by descent.
Kenyon V. Painter, Sr. (1867-1940) 及 Maud Wyeth Painter (1885-1971) 伉儷收藏，此後家族傳承
Finely painted in vivid tones and featuring vignettes of Europeans enjoying each other's company in a setting distinguished by European architecture and distant peaks, the present bottle belongs to a group of Qianlong mark and period snuff bottles sharing these characteristics, likely produced by the same hand or workshop. Several snuff bottles in this group also have a stippled pattern on the narrow sides, including a bottle sold in these rooms, 22nd March 2000, lot 220; another sold in these rooms, 24th June 2020, lot 959; and one from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 4th June 2021, lot 1012. Other snuff bottles of this type have a diaper pattern and puce-enameled 'landscape' cartouches on the narrow sides, including a snuff bottle sold in these rooms, 2nd December 1985, lot 146. Canton enamel bottles of this type, but without the mountains, include one sold at Christie's New York, 1st-2nd December 1994, lot 528; another sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28th April 1996, lot 594; one published in Geng Baochang and Zhao Binhua, Zhongguo biyanhu zhenbao [Snuff Bottles for Connoisseur’s Collection], Hong Kong, 1992, pl. 383; and a similarly painted bottle showing a mother, child, and gift-bearer on the balcony of a European castle, in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei (coll. no. 故-琺-000873-N000000000).