An Imperial Canton enamel ‘Longevity and Good Fortune’ snuff bottle, Qianlong mark and period. Photo Sotheby’s
of flattened attenuated oval form, painted with a continuous scene of six deer in a landscape with the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, five bats and lingzhi, the base with a four-character mark in blue enamel. Height 3 1/2 in., 8.9 cm. Estimation 10,000 — 15,000 USD
Provenance: Linda F. Crawley Collection, prior to 2008.
PROPERTY FROM A MIDWEST PRIVATE COLLECTION
Litterature: Asiatiques, A Fascination for Miniatures, The Linda F. Crawley Collection of Snuff Bottles, Winter Park, 2008, no. 86 and cover.
The five bats symbolize the five blessings, as the word for bat, fu, is a homophone for the word for blessings. The word for deer in Chinese is a homophone for the word for emoluments, lu, representing wealth and success. The lingzhi represents longevity, shou, while the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, prunus, pine and bamboo, represent perseverance, steadfastness, and fortitude, ideals of the Confucian scholar.
A Yongzheng period snuff bottle with the same motifs is illustrated in Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ko Bo Tsang , A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 6, part 3, Arts of the Fire, Hong Kong, 2008, no. 1129.
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