• Lot 54

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    CHINE, SIGNEE GUI XIANGGU, DATEE DU PRINTEMPS (DEUXIEME MOIS) DE L'ANNEE DING YOU (1897), AVEC UN CACHET

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    TABATIERE EN VERRE
    CHINE, SIGNEE GUI XIANGGU, DATEE DU PRINTEMPS (DEUXIEME MOIS) DE L'ANNEE DING YOU (1897), AVEC UN CACHET
    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 Gui Xianggu, le bouchon en améthyste
    Hauteur avec le bouchon: 7,4 cm. (2 15/16 in.)


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    The poetic inscription is excerpted from Tang dynasty poet Liu Yu Xi's "Lou Shi Ming" (Inscribed in My Humble Room), and can be translated as follows:
    'It does not matter if a mountain is high; if immortals live there it shall become famous;
    It does not matter if a lake is deep; if it has a current it will seem alive
    Here I am in a humble room, but my virtues shall make it welcoming
    The steps are covered with moss, the lush green colour of bamboo shines through the curtains
    Talking and laughing students and scholars come and go incessantly
    During the day one can pluck at his qin and read Jin scriptures
    The fluttering sounds of bamboo take away the fatigue of reading through documents
    Like Zhu Ges bungalow in Nanyang, or Xi Shu Zis Cloud Pavilion, as Confucius said, there is nothing unrefined [about these houses].'

    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.
    The subject of the Qiao Sisters on inside-painted bottles was made popular by Ma Shaoxuan. During 1896 and 1897 he returned to the subject many times. For a full discussion of the subject see Ma Zengshan, Inside-Painted Snuff Bottle Artist Ma Shaoxuan (1867-1939), Maryland 1997, pp.32-35. For an example, see the bottle from the first part of the Swain collection, sold in these Rooms, 11 June 2008, lot 42.
    Compare with another bottle from the Holden collection, painted by Gui Xianggu with the same subject and sold in our New York Rooms, 21 March 2000, lot 45.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CHARLES V. SWAIN


    Post Lot Text

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    CHINA, SIGNED GUI XIANGGU, DATED MID-SPRING (THE SECOND MONTH) OF THE DING YOU YEAR (1897), WITH ONE SEAL