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Gold Gild Dragon on Monochrome Glaze Snuff Bottle

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« on: July 10, 2021, 11:42:25 pm »

Gilded Gold on Coral-Red Monochrome Glaze Snuff Bottle

I am still trying to get some resolve in my thoughts on the origin and age of this bottle.  I thought this was an uncommon palette combination when I first spotted the bottle, but upon further review of my snuff bottle references that does not seem to be the case.  Specifically, Robert Kleiner (1990) in ‘Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault’ states that gold gilded decoration on monochrome glazes were not uncommon in the 18th and 19th centuries, and two such bottles with the same color palette are illustrated in the Ault collection.  The stopper was observed to be old with an older horn material spoon, but the bottle is almost pristine which led me to think it was a 20th century bottle.  However, the matted gold gild is typical of that used by the Japanese during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).  The overall quality of the bottle is exceptional, and although the dragon appears to be Chinese, the design has Japanese elements as well.   Still a puzzler!   Below are my cataloging notes.

Gold Gilded Dragon on Coral-Red Glazed Snuff Bottle:
A cylindrical pillar shaped porcelain snuff bottle depicting a gold gilded five-clawed dragon encircling the bottle above a base of uniform waves and sea spray.   The monochrome coral-red glaze provides sharp contrast to the gold gild dragon design.  Gold key-fret band around the neck and gold gild mouth.  Gilded decoration on monochrome glazes were not uncommon in the 18th and 19th centuries (Robert W.L. Kleiner, 1990.  Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault).  Base is gild gold with a raised balanced and well executed gold four-character Qianlong period reign mark.  Old red cinnabar stopper carved as a chrysanthemum, black nylon collar, and old keratin spoon.  Height without stopper is 3 inches (7.6 cm) and the bottle width is 1 inch (2.6 cm) in diameter. 

Period: ca. likely Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Condition: Excellent kiln fresh condition, except for wear of gilding on the mouth of the bottle.

Provenance: Unknown, but originally purchased from a collector in Beverly Hills, CA.

Similar Reference:  Similar in color tone and palette to bottles presented on page 91, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Collection of John Ault.

If anyone has comments, please feel free to provide them.  Charll

   


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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2021, 02:44:00 am »

Dear Charll,

Very nice bottle and congratulations!

Best
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2021, 02:52:13 am »

Dear Charll,

This is beautiful. The dragon has an evil look with that streaky eyes Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2021, 03:04:06 am »

Hi Charll

Nice bottle!

I agreed with Kelvin that the dragon looks more aggressive than usual.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2021, 03:31:50 am »

Beautiful bottle and congratulations Charll Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2021, 12:43:00 pm »


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The dragon has an evil look with sneaky eyes.

YT, thank you for that description of the eyes.  I was looking to come with a little bit more descriptive details on the dragon design and your comment was spot on as I read it.  Appreciate the help in formulating a description, Charll

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2021, 03:06:24 pm »

Dear Charll,

   A very interesting bottle, but i'm amazed you thought the palette, Red & Gold, rare.
Look at any Chinese temple for a similar palette.
Red is a very auspicious colour in East Asia,and gold represents, well, Gold...
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2021, 06:52:00 pm »

My pleasure Charll
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2021, 04:28:14 am »

Dear Charll,
nice bottle; I fully agree that it is Japanese. Nice shape and very nice stopper. Well spotted, congratulations.
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