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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 518

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

    WANG XISAN, DATED TO THE JIYOU YEAR (1969), THE BOTTLE 1750-1850

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    AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
    WANG XISAN, DATED TO THE JIYOU YEAR (1969), THE BOTTLE 1750-1850
    The interior is painted on both sides with a scene of three kittens amidst rocks and flowering plants playing whimsically with butterflies, with an inscription and seal of the artist in the reserve. The bottle is carved with blossoming orchids and butterflies.
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high, quartz stopper


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    For a discussion of the artist Wang Xisan see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 6, Part 1, Hong Kong, 2008, pp. 273-275. The authors note, “As an artistic genius, Wang rapidly became one of the finest of all enamellers, both artistically and technically, that China has ever produced.” The artist paints glass snuff bottles and interior-painted snuff bottles, showing great artistry in both.

    The present subject of kittens appears to be unusual in Wang Xisan's repertoire of themes. For other examples of inside-painted snuff bottles by the artist see ibid., Volume 4, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2000, pp. 558-589, nos. 656-667.

    Provenance

    Robert Kleiner, Belfont Company Ltd., Hong Kong, 1996.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2267.