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玻璃煙壺
GLASS SNUFF BOTTLES

The Muwen Tang Collection Series Vol. 19
544 pages, Over 600 colour plates, Text in Chinese with synopses and captions in English, hardcover, cloth. Hong Kong, 2010.
ISBN: 978-988-98818-8-7

by Simon Kwan

The catalogue features 449 Chinese glass snuff bottles from the Muwen Tang Collection, with introductory assays on the subjects of history, technology, terminology and auspicious motives etc. Many new and useful information about Chinese glass snuff bottles extracted from Qing dynasty writings and Palace Workshops Archive are being examined and analyzed. The controversial subjects of Guyuet Xuan, Yangzhou School and snuff bottle Workshops of the Qing dynasty are fully discussed.

 




Sample pieces:

Deep red glass circular
snuff bottle
Yongzheng/ Qianlong
(mid 18th century)

Blue glass spade shape
snuff bottle with “eight-
treasures” design
Qianlong (1736-1795)
Sandwiched glass snuff
bottle in double-gourd
shape with colour spotting
Daoguang/ Xianfeng
(mid 19th century)
Transparent green glass
snuff bottle with squirrels
and vine design
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
(late 18th century)
Polychrome overlay
“snow-storm” with
flower basket design
Daoguang/ Xianfeng
(mid 19th century)
Twisted colours over white
glass snuff bottle in
double-gourd shape
Daoguang/ Xianfeng
(mid 19th century)
Sandwiched glass
imitating agate snuff
bottle
Jiaqing/ Daoguang
(early 19th century)
Blue glass snuff bottle
with kwai dragon design
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
(late 18th century)
Two-colour overlay white
glass spade shape snuff
bottle with two carps
design
Jiaqing/ Daoguang
(early 19th century)
Two-colour overlay pink
glass flattened ovoid snuff
bottle with lifecycle of
silkworm design
Jiaqing/ Daoguang
(early 19th century)
Blue overlay white glass
peanut-shaped snuff bottle
with bats among clouds
design
Qianlong (1736-1795)
Polychrome overlay pink
“snow-storm” glass snuff
bottle with peonies design
Jiaqing/ Daoguang
(early 19th century)
Pink overlay white snuff
bottle with butterfly and
peony design
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
(late 18th century)
Blue overlay white glass
snuff bottle with magpie
and plum design
Jiaqing/ Daoguang
(early 19th century)
“Snow-storm” overlay
red glass pear shape
snuff bottle
Qianlong/ Jiaqing
(late 18th century)
White overlay deep blue
glass snuff bottle with
flowers and butterfly
design
Qianlong (1736-1795)


HK$780 (US$100), plus shipping & handling.




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