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    Sale 11786

    The Ruth and Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part II

    16 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 440

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL BOTTLE

    SIGNED YE ZHONGSAN, DATED WINTER MONTH (1934), THE BOTTLE 1720-1840

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    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL BOTTLE
    SIGNED YE ZHONGSAN, DATED WINTER MONTH (1934), THE BOTTLE 1720-1840
    The transparent crystal bottle is decorated on one side with an elephant carrying a vase on its back standing next to a man in western dress. The reverse is decorated with two boys playing with an elephant.
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high, hardstone stopper


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    The present bottle carries with it a wish for peace. According to Terese Tse Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 237, the elephant carrying a vase represents the phrase, taiping yunxiang, "when there is peace, there are signs."

    Another bottle painted by the artist with animals was sold at Christie's, New York, Imperial Chinese Snuff Bottles from the J & J Collection, Part III, 29 March 2006, lot. 19

    Provenance

    Khalili Family Collection.
    Robert Hall, London, 2010.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5070.