• Lot 42

    TABATIERE EN CRISTAL DE ROCHE

    CHINE, SIGNEE MA SHAOXUAN, DATEE DE L'ETE, DU SIXIEME MOIS DE L'ANNEE JI HAI (1899), AVEC UN CACHET SHAOXUAN

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    TABATIERE EN CRISTAL DE ROCHE
    CHINE, SIGNEE MA SHAOXUAN, DATEE DE L'ETE, DU SIXIEME MOIS DE L'ANNEE JI HAI (1899), AVEC UN CACHET SHAOXUAN
    De forme rectangulaire aux angles arrondis, l'intérieur peint sur une face des deux soeurs Qiao, Da Qiao et Xiao Qiao, assises sur un banc, lisant un livre, le revers agrémenté d'une longue inscription signée Ma Shaoxuan, Eté, sixième mois de l'année Ji Hai (1899), avec un cachet Shaoxuan, le bouchon en jadéite
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 7 cm. (2¾ in.)


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    This well-known scene of the two Qiao sisters, famous for their legendary beauty, is taken from the classic, Sanguo yanyi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms). For a discussion of this subject, see G. G. Laverlochere, 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Source of Snuff Bottle Subjects,' Journal, The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Spring, 1988, pp.12-13.
    For two similar bottles painted with the Qiao sisters, one dated 1895 and the other dated 1900, see H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London 1971, pp.136-137, nos. 338 and 347 respectively. The latter bottle, dated 1900, was part of the Reif Collection, and sold in our New York Rooms, 18 October 1993, lot 202.

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    Provenance

    Edward C. O'Dell, Baltimore, Maryland, 1st June 1977.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Post Lot Text

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK-CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, SIGNED MA SHAOXUAN, DATED SUMMER, THE SIXTH MONTH OF THE JI HAI YEAR (1899), WITH ONE SEAL SHAOXUAN