London, South Kensington
4 November 2014
A YIXING SNUFF BOTTLE
The rectangular bottle is incised with a chrysanthemum to one side and stamped with an inscription to the reverse reading "qiwei ke zhao yun wai ke; qingxiang neng yin dong zhong xian; You Ting zi zhi" which may be translated as "scent can draw the Guest from beyond the clouds; fragrance can lead the Immortal from the cave; made for the personal use of You Ting". There are three further impressed seals.
2¾ in. (7 cm.) high, stopper
With Gisèle Croës, Brussels, acquired in 1973, GC414.
With Frank Caro (C.T. Loo), New York.
Dr. Mene collection.
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