An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896
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An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896
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An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896 An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896 An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896 An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896 An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896
An inside-painted glass 'playing children' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1896
5.95cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 510

    玻璃內畫嬰戲圖鼻煙壺
    葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋,1896年作

    An inside-painted 'playing children' snuff bottle

    Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted with a continuous scene of sixteen children playing in a garden near a wutong (paulownia) tree, inscribed in draft script 'Painted by Ye Zhongsan at the capital in the ninth month of the year bingshen', with one seal of the artist, huayin ('painting seal'), in negative seal script
    Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, ninth month, 1896
    Height: 5.95 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.68 cm
    Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

    Condition:
    Bottle: one tiny and one almost imperceptible chip to outer lip, one small chip to inner lip.
    Painting: barely perceptible staining to some colours, slight fading of part of the seal; otherwise studio condition

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York, 15 March 1984, lot 202

    Published:
    Kleiner 1995, no. 402
    Treasury 4, no. 510

    Exhibited:
    British Museum, London, June–November 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997
    Christie's, London, 1999

    Although a debt to Zhou can still be seen in this painting in the rocky fringe to the garden playground and the trunk of the wutong tree, this has been absorbed into Ye's own, distinctive style. 1895 had seen the emergence of Ye as an independent artist of considerable merit and the introduction of a range of subjects that were his own.

    This is one of Ye's unusual crystal-bright glass bottles from the mid-1890s. It has an extremely well-carved foot and footrim that could easily be mistaken for the work of a crystal carver.

    玻璃內畫嬰戲圖鼻煙壺

    玻璃,墨,水彩; 平唇, 微凸斂底, 突出圈足,圈足底為一圓棱;內畫通體十六童子於庭園中嬉戲,題曰﹕"時在丙申重陽月,寫於都門,葉仲三",後署白文"畫印"篆印
    葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋, 1896年農曆九月
    高﹕ 5.95 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.62/1.68 厘米
    蓋﹕ 翡翠;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 唇外緣呈一個細小缺口和一個幾乎看不見的缺口,唇內緣有一個細小缺口。內畫﹕某些顏色呈現幾乎看不出來的染污,印有點退色;此外,出齋狀態

    來源:
    紐約蘇富比,1984年3月15日,拍賣品號 202

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 402
    Treasury 4, 編號 510

    展覽﹕
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~11月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年7月~月11月
    倫敦佳士得,1999年

    本圖中的梧桐幹和背景的石頭呈現周樂元的影響,但都已經熔成葉仲三自己的畫風。到了1895 年,他就算是自成一家了。

    本壺是1890年代中葉葉仲三畫的特別晶瑩的玻璃鼻煙壺之一,底與圈足雕琢磨得玲瓏精緻,看起來可以誤認為是水晶雕匠的精品。
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