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A 'HUNDRED BOYS' INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE AND A 'COWHERD' INSIDE-PAINTED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
A 'HUNDRED BOYS' INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE AND A 'COWHERD' INSIDE-PAINTED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
A 'HUNDRED BOYS' INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE AND A 'COWHERD' INSIDE-PAINTED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
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A 'HUNDRED BOYS' INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE AND A 'COWHERD' INSIDE-PAINTED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE

BOTH SIGNED LIU SHOUBEN THE 'HUNDRED BOYS' BOTTLE, DATED SUMMER OF XINSI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 2001

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A 'HUNDRED BOYS' INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE AND A 'COWHERD' INSIDE-PAINTED AGATE SNUFF BOTTLE
BOTH SIGNED LIU SHOUBEN
THE 'HUNDRED BOYS' BOTTLE, DATED SUMMER OF XINSI YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 2001
The first is painted in vibrant colours with boys engaged in various leisurely pursuits, and is inscribed with the title of the scene, date, and with the artists name and a red seal. The agate snuff bottle is carved with two fixed-ring Buddhist lion handles, and is painted to each side with a cowherd and his cow. The bottle is inscribed with the artist's name and one seal.
The larger, 2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high
Provenance
The 'hundred boys' bottle: Bonhams Hong Kong, 28 November 2011, lot 378.
With Y. F. Yang, Hong Kong.
The 'cowherd' bottle: Christie's South Kensington, 9 November 2012, lot 1092 (one of six).
Property of an important private Asian collector.
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Liu Shouben was an early student of Ye Bengqi and his brother, Ye Xiaofeng, who founded the modern Beijing School in the 1950's. Liu continues to this day as the doyen of the Beijing School after Wang Xisan left for the province of Hebei to set up his own school.
For a similar bottle by the same artist, see Snuff Bottles: Little Gems of Delight, Singapore Chinatown Snuff Bottle Society, 2004, p. 23.

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