An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880)
Lot 5
An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880)
Sold for HK$ 84,000 (US$ 10,832) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880) An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880)
An inside-painted 'hair-crystal' snuff bottle
Zhou Leyuan, dated 1885 (the bottle 1770-1880)
5.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 470

    髮晶內畫魚藻圖鼻煙壺
    壺: 1770-1880
    內畫: 周樂元,北京,1885年

    Hair-Crystal Abundance

    Pale brown crystal with inclusions of tourmaline, with ink and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted with a continuous scene of fish swimming amidst aquatic plants, including catfish, carp, and mandarin fish, inscribed in draft script 'Painted by Zhou Leyuan in a winter month of the year yiyou', followed by one indecipherable seal of the artist
    Bottle: 1770–1880
    Painting: Zhou Leyuan, Studio of Lotus-root Fragrance, Xuannan, Beijing, winter, 1885
    Height: 5.4 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.60/1.82 cm
    Stopper: tourmaline; vinyl collar

    Condition: original material suffused with icy flaws; bottle with chip to inner lip; outer footrim bevelled a little to remove chip, not obtrusive; the painting in studio condition

    Provenance:
    Unrecorded source (prior to 1972)
    Hugh Moss (1987)

    Published:
    JICSBS, Spring 1986, back cover
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 312 and dust-jacket cover
    Treasury 4, no. 470

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

    Commentary:
    It is surprising that it took nearly a century before inside-painted artists began responding to the full potential of their medium by using materials other than glass and crystal. Perhaps the early artists felt it quite unnecessary to gild the lily of their exciting new invention with unnecessary frills. Their audience would have been sufficiently impressed by the accomplishment of putting literati paintings and poetry into their beloved snuff bottles without the need for any further encouragement. Whatever the reason, it was not until Zhou Leyuan first saw the potential in these other materials, with this bottle, in the winter of 1885, that the potential for integrating natural markings in material with certain subjects was fully realized. The result is quite spectacular.

    出游從容於髮晶之中,是魚之樂也

    含碧璽雜質的水晶、墨、水色;平唇,平面斂底,突出凸形圈足;內畫通體水藻游魚圖,有"乙酉冬月周樂元畫"款和不能辨認的印
    壺: 1770~1880年
    內畫:周樂元,藕香書軒,宣南房舍,北京,1885年冬
    高:5.4 厘米
    口經/唇經:0.60/1.82 厘米
    蓋:碧璽, 乙烯基座

    狀態敘述:
    原來的水晶料彌漫著瑕疵,唇內綠有缺口; 圈足外緣有削除缺口而呈斜角之處,並不引人注目;內畫是出齋狀態

    來源:
    未錄來源 (1972年以前)
    莫士撝 (1987)

    文獻:
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》(JICSBS),1986年春期,封底
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號312 及封面紙套
    Treasury 4, 編號470

    展覽:
    香港藝術館,1994年3 月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore, 1994年11月~1995年2月

    說明:
    1885年冬,周樂元在內畫本壺的時候已經了解到了,利用含雜質的材料,可以更好地發揮某些題目的潛在內容。這樣,他就開拓了新的內畫藝術,收獲到了精彩的成果。



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