• Lot 40

    RARE TABATIERE EN VERRE BLANC A DECOR EN EMAUX DE LA FAMILLE ROSE

    CHINE, PROBABLEMENT YE BENGQI, 1930-1945

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    RARE TABATIERE EN VERRE BLANC A DECOR EN EMAUX DE LA FAMILLE ROSE
    CHINE, PROBABLEMENT YE BENGQI, 1930-1945
    De forme poire, à décor continu très finement peint représentant deux oiseaux, l'un posé sur un rocher, l'autre perché sur une branche de bambou, entourés d'insectes, de pivoines et pavots, la base portant une marque à quatre caractères de l'Empereur Qianlong, le bouchon en métal doré
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 6,2 cm. (2 7/16 in.)


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    Ye Bengqi was a member of a family of four, best known for their skills at painting inside snuff bottles. According to Robert W. L. Kleiner, Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Mary and George Bloch Collection, p. 23, Hugh Moss learned in an interview with Ye Bengqi in Beijing in 1974 that the brothers used to visit the Beijing Museum and memorize the patterns depicted on the authentic glass bottles and wares on display. They would then attempt to re-create them. The results were technically brilliant. However, a comparison of the glass and enameling style soon reveals differences. Ye family bottles are meticulous to a fault but lack the vigor and freedom associated with the 18th century originals. The enamels are more opaque in the copies and the glass itself lacks the pitting commonly found on the precursors.

    For other examples, see Chris Randall, Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, 1991, Catalogue, fig. 1; Robert Hall, Chinese Snuff Bottles III, 1990, Catalogue, fig. 10; Bob C. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles, pls. 945-946.
    An almost identical one was sold in our New York Rooms, 18 October 1993, lot 248.

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    Provenance

    Edmund F. Dwyer, Redondo Beach, California, 16 October 1979.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Literature

    Bob C. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Chinese Snuff Bottles, no.945.
    Harriet E. Huntington, "The Chinese Snuff Bottle Newsletter", JICSBS, January 1971.
    E.L. Cave, "Collecting Chinese Art", Architectural Digest, March-April 1972, p.40, no.10.


    Post Lot Text

    A RARE FAMILLE ROSE-ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, PROBABLY YE BENGQI, 1930-1945