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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 495

    AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE

    YE ZHONGSAN, DATED TO THE FOURTH MONTH OF THE DINGYOU YEAR (1897), BOTTLE PROBABLY 1750-1800

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    AN INSIDE-PAINTED ROCK CRYSTAL SNUFF BOTTLE
    YE ZHONGSAN, DATED TO THE FOURTH MONTH OF THE DINGYOU YEAR (1897), BOTTLE PROBABLY 1750-1800
    The rounded rectangular bottle is painted on the interior with a scene of the Eight Horses of Mu Wang frolicking and grazing amidst trees on a grassy field, and is inscribed and dated by the artist stating that it was made at the capital.
    2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high, stone stopper


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    The legendary Eight Horses of Mu Wang, the fifth sovereign of the Western Zhou dynasty, were renowned for their speed and perseverance, and are a common theme found in Chinese decorative art. They are traditionally believed to have been used by King Mu on his mythical journey to visit Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West, and on his expeditions to subdue barbarian tribes.

    Provenance

    Robert Kleiner, London, 2011.
    Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5250.