A CLOISONNÉ ‘CRICKET’ SNUFF BOTTLE, QING DYNASTY
Massive metal body with silvered foot and neck, the multicolored cloisonnE on ‘imperial’ blue ground with copper wires
China, 18th – earlier 19th century
Each side with a yellow ground square vignette depicting a cricket and cabbage on one side and butterfly and peonies on the reverse, surrounded by neatly executed lotus scrolling, all on an intense blue ground, above a lappet band at the base and below a ruyi band around the collar.
It is impossible to confirm with certainty whether neck and base are original to this bottle or not, but it is this author’s firm opinion that they indeed are, because they fit both the form and the design of the bottle, including the cloisonnE enamels, to absolute perfection.
Shape: Square shape with rounded shoulders
Mouth, neck and lip: Cylindric neck with small mouth
Base: Oval base with raised foot rim
Stopper: Good old mother of pearl stopper with stepped silver mounting
Height of the bottle with stopper: 7 cm.
Width of the mouth: 6 mm.
Width of the neck: 15 mm.
Weight: 83.3 grams
Condition: Superb condition with wear as expected on an old bottle and numerous small air bubbles
Provenance: American private collection
Literature comparison: IMPORTANT CHINESE SNUFF BOTTLES FROM THE J&J COLLECTION. Christies, Hong Kong, 25 April 2004, lot 812. (compare the execution of the lotus with this bottle)