A Beijing enamel ‘Basket of Flowers’ snuff bottle, Mark and period of Qianlong. Estimate 700,000 — 900,000 HKD. Lot Sold 1,840,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s
4.5 cm., 1 3/4 in.
PROVENANCE: Hugh M. Moss Ltd., prior to 1978.
Collection of Blair Lorillard Hills.
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd., 1985
EXHIBITED: Snuff Bottles of the Ch’ing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1978, no. 12.
Robert Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1987, cat. no. 4.
Kleine Schätze aus China. Snuff bottles—Sammlung von Mary und George Bloch erstmals in Österreich, Creditanstalt, Vienna, 1993.
Robert Kleiner, Boda Yang, and Clarence F. Shangraw, Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Miniature Art from the Collection of George and Mary Bloch, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1994, cat. no. 8.
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore, 1994-1995.
Robert Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, British Museum, London, 1995, cat. no. 12.
Chinese Snuff Bottles in the Collection of Mary and George Bloch, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1997.
LITERATURE: Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, December 1980, p. 25, fig. 44.
Teresa Tse Bartholomew, ‘Botanical Motifs in Chinese Art’, Journal of the International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Autumn 1988, p. 11, fig. 17.
Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, vol. 6, Hong Kong, 2007, no. 1080.
NOTE: For a discussion of the basket-of-flowers design, see Sale 1, lot 67The design precludes the use of the elaborate borders that are useful in dating palace enamels, and flowers are so common a subject for palace enamels throughout the eighteenth century that to use them independently to establish an exact date is difficult. The quality of the artistry suggests the early Qianlong era, as do the scale and minute detailing of the subject.
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