A famille rose enameled porcelain snuff bottle, 1912-1949

Lot 6010. A famille rose enameled porcelain snuff bottle, 1912-1949. Estimate US$ 3,000 - 5,000 (€2,800 - 4,600). Photo: Bonhams.

The flattened shield-shaped bottle rising to a waisted neck, its wide everted lip and spreading oval foot ring with a gilt finish, each of the main sides decorated with a raised panel delicately painted in gilt and enamels with flowers and butterflies, against a ground filled with repeating patterns in iron-red, the high shoulders molded with two faux animal head-and-ring handles, the recessed foot bearing an apocryphal Guyue Xuan mark. 1 3/4in (4.5cm) high

ProvenanceBob C. Stevens Collection, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Fine and Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of Bob C. Stevens, Part III, New York, 25 June 1982, lot 61

IllustratedArts of Asia, Jan-Feb., 1982, p. 91, no 4

NotesThe painting motif and style on this snuff bottle is reminiscent of those often appearing on porcelain vases and plaques during the Republic period. Compare a very similar porcelain snuff bottle in the Bentley Collection, bearing a Qianlong nian zhi mark, ilustrated in the catalog of The Bentley Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Asian Art Studio, Inc., 2008, p. 100.

Bonhams. AUCTION 23744: CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES FROM TWO PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTIONS, 10:00 EDT - NEW YORK