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TWO INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLES
TWO INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLES

SIGNED ZHOU LEYUAN, 1886-1891

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TWO INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLES
SIGNED ZHOU LEYUAN, 1886-1891
The first bottle, 1886 or 1887, is decorated on one side with a still life and signed Leyuan Zhou, with the dedication and possibly the date erased, the reverse is painted with a scene of a teacher with his pupils running amok. The second bottle, 1890-1891, is finely painted on the interior with a continuous landscape scene depicting a man poling a skiff on one side and a pavilion on the reverse, signed by the artist, 'Leyuan Zhou shi made at the capital.'
2 3/8 (6 cm.) high each, glass and shell stoppers
Provenance
First bottle:
Robert Hall, London, 2007.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4694.
Second bottle:
Alan Wheatley.
Robert Kleiner, Belfont Company Ltd., Hong Kong, 1997.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 2454.

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Zhou Leyuan, the founder of the popular Beijing school of painting, was active between 1879 and 1893. Every artist of the first phase of the school owed a considerable debt to Zhou, and most began their careers by copying his style and signing his name; some even appear to have devoted most of their careers to producing copies of his work.

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