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

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    **AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    SIGNED CHEN ZHONGSAN, BEIJING, DATED A SUMMER DAY IN THE GENGXU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1910

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    **AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    SIGNED CHEN ZHONGSAN, BEIJING, DATED A SUMMER DAY IN THE GENGXU YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1910
    Of flattened form with a slightly concave lip and recessed, convex oval foot surrounded by a footrim, painted with ink and watercolors with a continuous scene of a lotus pond, one side with an egret beneath flowering plants above water and the other with two carp and two fan-tailed goldfish amidst aquatic plants, inscribed in draft script, 'Made on a Summer day in the gengxu year (corresponding to 1910) by Chen Zhongsan', with one illegible seal, turquoise stopper with pearl finial
    2 in. (6.27 cm.) high


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    Chen Zhongsan appears to have been one of the many artists who began by copying the works of Zhou Leyuan. While he did not sign his works until 1907, his style is instantly recognizable as his own, with contrasting composition and effective choice of colors, even though most of his subjects were derivative and his style more decorative than that of Zhou Leyuan.

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    Provenance

    K. Rosenstrom
    Sotheby's, London, 7 February 1978, lot 187
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd.


    Literature

    Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, Vol. 2, no. 448


    Exhibited

    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