25 April 2004
A VERY RARE MINIATURE SLIP-DECORATED YIXING STONEWARE SNUFF BOTTLE
The baluster-form bottle decorated in olive-brown slip against the reddish-brown ground with a continuous scene of a man in a boat in a lakeside landscape with a pavilion beneath trees, one of which is a pine on the foreground bank, and a series of sail boats dotted about the waters of the lake, a hilly bank in the distance, the shoulders impressed with a band of formalized lingzhi heads, the original, matching stopper with integral collar and finial and impressed with a band of formalized lingzhi heads
1 13/16 in. (4.53 cm.) high
Michael Kaynes Collection, Hong Kong
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 3 November 1994, lot 1000
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd.
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Hugh Moss (Ed.), Chinese Snuff Bottles, No 5, p. 16, fig. 1.
The J & J Collection, Part II: A Selection of Unpublished Snuff Bottles, Christie's Los Angeles, 22 October 2003
It is extremely rare to find Yixing snuff bottles with orginal, matching stoppers. This outstanding miniature example relates to the finest of this type of ware, such as those illustrated by Moss et. al., The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle, nos. 252-255, and is probably by the same artist.
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