A SILVER AND GILT WIRE-INLAID LACQUER SNUFF BOTTLE
A SILVER AND GILT WIRE-INLAID LACQUER SNUFF BOTTLE

SIGNED XIAOSHAN, DATED RENCHEN DONGRI (WINTER 1892)

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A SILVER AND GILT WIRE-INLAID LACQUER SNUFF BOTTLE
SIGNED XIAOSHAN, DATED RENCHEN DONGRI (WINTER 1892)
The bottle is inlaid on one side with a scene of a figure in a sampan before a large rocky cliff with willowy trees, and a four-character cyclical date and a seal reading Xiaoshan (Understanding Mountain). The reverse is decorated with two archaic bronze vessels and a four-character inscription referencing the vessels reading xing zhi ya ding.
2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
Robert Hall, London, 2007.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4683.

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Lot Essay

For a similar bottle see Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, the Mary and George Bloch Collection, Volume 7, Part 2, Hong Kong, 2009, pp. 430-31, no. 1646, where it is noted that this type of bottle belongs to a group that was probably inspired by inside-painted glass bottles from the Zhou Leyuan school. Other comparable examples from the group are noted by the authors on page 431.

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