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    The Meriem Collection Important Chinese Snuff Bottles, Part II

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 210

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE

    SIGNED LIU BAOJUN, DATED TO THE JIACHEN YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1904

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    AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
    SIGNED LIU BAOJUN, DATED TO THE JIACHEN YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1904
    Of flattened form with slightly concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a slightly flared footrim, painted on one main side with a pair of birds flying above a flowering peony branch, the reverse with a third bird perched on an ornamental rock above further blossoms, inscribed in draft script "Composed in the Apricot [second] month of the jiachen year [1904] by Liu Baojun", with one seal of the artist jun, tourmaline stopper with vinyl collar
    2½ in. (6.4 cm.) high


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    Liu Baojun is believed to have been a scholar-artist. There are only seven known inside-painted bottles from his hand, six dated to 1904 and one to 1907. Two of the 1904 group in the Meriem Collection were sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lots 604 and 683.

    One of Liu's bottles painted with birds is illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, in The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, p. 728, no. 446.

    The "boneless" painting technique here resembles the work of another Beijing artist from the turn of the century, Ziyizi.

    Provenance

    Bob. C. Stevens Collection.
    Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 25 June 1982, lot 240.
    Hugh Moss Ltd.


    Literature

    Chinese Snuff Bottles and Dishes, Catalogue of an exhibition from the collection of Bob C. Stevens shown at Mikimoto Hall, Tokyo, 22-31 October 1978.
    B. Stevens, The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles, pp. 236-37, no. 831.


    Exhibited

    Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.