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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 417

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

    SIGNED MA SHAOXUAN, DATED GUIMAO YEAR (1903)

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    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
    SIGNED MA SHAOXUAN, DATED GUIMAO YEAR (1903)
    The bottle is decorated on one side with a scene of a boy attempting to prevent a cat from catching a pigeon beneath an inscription reading 'in the brush style of Bada shanren (Zhu Da)'. The reverse is inscribed with a poem entitled 'An Impromptu Poem Composed in Spring,' describing the joy of excursions in spring time, followed by the artist's name and dated to the 7th month of 1903 in the capital and the seal of the artist.
    2 ¼ in (5.7 cm.) high, stone stopper


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    The subject matter on this bottle, depicting a boy attempting to wrest a pigeon out of the jaws of a cat, is highly unusual. The same scene can be found on an inside painted snuff bottle by Ma Shaoxuan, with two confronting cats on the reverse, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29-30 October 1995, lot 581.

    Provenance

    Richard Law Collection.
    Robert Kleiner, London, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5252.