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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    **A VERY FINE ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    WANG XISAN, ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOP, NORTH-WESTERN SUBURBS OF BEIJING, 1964

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    **A VERY FINE ENAMELLED WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    WANG XISAN, ARTS AND CRAFTS WORKSHOP, NORTH-WESTERN SUBURBS OF BEIJING, 1964
    Of flattened form with flat lip and recessed, flat oval foot surrounded by a footrim, painted with a continuous landscape with three scholars at leisure in and around a country retreat nestled in a valley, a hawker approaching one, carrying two panniers of his wares on a pole balanced on his shoulder while a servant sweeps grass in front of an open pavilion in which one of the other scholars sits, the neck with a band of stylized shou characters above a band of four formalized bats, the foot inscribed with an apocryphal mark in blue enamel in regular script, Qianlong nian zhi ('Made in the Qianlong period'), gilt bronze stopper with integral finial and collar, decorated with a formalized floral design
    1 15/16 in. (4.92 cm.) high


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    Wang Xisan, the famous modern master of inside-painted snuff bottles, learned the art of enameling glass from his teacher, Ye Bengqi. Wang was unquestionably the finest enameler since the zenith of the Beijing Palace workshops under the Qianlong Emperor. Compare another enameled white glass bottle by Wang Xisan from the Kaynes-Klitz Collection, sold at Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 30 October 1990, lot 58, and the only enameled vase by the artist, sold at Christie's, London, 13 May 2008, lot 212.

    This bottle is extremely rare as Wang Xisan usually decorated his enameled glass bottles with birds and flowers, and he recalls painting only three with landscape designs.

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    Provenance

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
    Kurt Graf Blucher von Wahlstatt (Count Blucher)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.
    Harry Ross
    Christie's, London, 19 June 1978, lot 43 (also illustrated as the frontispiece)
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.


    Literature

    H. Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, p. 123, no. 281
    An Exhibition of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hugh M. Moss Ltd, p. 66, no. 265
    Christie's Review of the Season, 1978, p. 427
    Arts of Asia, May-June 1978, p. 27
    Arts of Asia, May-June 1979, p. 129
    JICSBS, Autumn 1985, p. 127, fig. 356
    JICSBS, Winter 1987, p. 34, fig. 1
    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, Vol. 1, no. 208


    Exhibited

    Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London 1970
    Christie's New York, 1993
    Empress Place Museum, Singapore, 1994
    Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, 1996-1997
    Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1997
    Naples Museum of Art, Florida, 2002
    Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, 2002
    National Museum of History, Taipei, 2002
    International Asian Art Fair, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, 2003
    Poly Art Museum, Beijing, 2003