A duan stone snuff bottle. Likely Imperial, 1760-1820. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
Of flattened pear shape, with a flat lip and an oval foot rim surrounding a convex foot, each face finely carved in low relief with three stylized kui dragons forming the character for long (dragon), the sides with fixed ring lion mask handles, the lions with the distinctive ‘official’s hat.’ 2 3/8in (6cm) high. Lot 8029. Estimate US$ 3,000 – 5,000 (€2,300 – 3,900)
It is likely that this bottle belongs to a small group of bottles produced in a Guangzhou studio for the court during the late Qianlong/Jiaqing periods. For similar bottles that also bear the distinctive ‘Chinese hat’ motif, see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles. The Mary and George Bloch Collection , Hong Kong, 1998, vol. 3, no. 393, Moss, Graham and Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, The J & J Collection, New York, 1993, no. 347, and Holden, Rivers and Mountains Far From The World, Hong Kong, 1994, no 4.
Bonhams. CHINESE ART FROM THE SCHOLAR’S STUDIO, 15 Sep 2014 10:00 EDT. NEW YORK