AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL BOTTLE
AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL BOTTLE

SIGNED YE ZHONGSAN, DATED WINTER MONTH (1934), THE BOTTLE 1720-1840

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AN INSIDE-PAINTED CRYSTAL BOTTLE
SIGNED YE ZHONGSAN, DATED WINTER MONTH (1934), THE BOTTLE 1720-1840
The transparent crystal bottle is decorated on one side with an elephant carrying a vase on its back standing next to a man in western dress. The reverse is decorated with two boys playing with an elephant.
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high, hardstone stopper
Provenance
Khalili Family Collection.
Robert Hall, London, 2010.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 5070.

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Lot Essay

The present bottle carries with it a wish for peace. According to Terese Tse Bartholomew in Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2006, p. 237, the elephant carrying a vase represents the phrase, taiping yunxiang, "when there is peace, there are signs."

Another bottle painted by the artist with animals was sold at Christie's, New York, Imperial Chinese Snuff Bottles from the J & J Collection, Part III, 29 March 2006, lot. 19

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