An inside-painted crystal 'insect and minnows' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1899
Lot 82
An inside-painted crystal 'insect and minnows' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1899
Sold for HK$ 50,000 (US$ 6,451) inc. premium
Lot Details
An inside-painted crystal 'insect and minnows' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1899
5.35cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 520

    炭晶內畫草石蟲魚鼻煙壺
    葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋,1899年作

    An inside-painted 'insect and minnow' snuff bottle

    Pale brown crystal, ink, and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; painted with a continuous subject of a dragonfly and a cicada flying above a grass-covered rocky outcrop on which a katydid and a grasshopper crawl, with a group of five minnows swimming in a pond beside which a cabbage grows, inscribed in draft script 'Executed by Ye Zhongsan in the fifth month of the year jihai for the pure enjoyment of Zhonglin, the honourable second elder brother', followed by one seal of the artist, huayin ('painting seal'), in negative seal script
    Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, fifth month, 1899
    Height: 5.35 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.47/1.50 and 1.45 cm (oval)
    Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

    Condition:
    Bottle: a series of small nibbles around the inner lip; very small partially polished chip on inner footrim.
    Painting: slight fading of some of the colours

    Provenance:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

    Published:
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 330
    Treasury 4, no. 520

    Exhibited:
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    Christie's, London, 1999

    Here, Ye has copied Zhou Leyuan's subject and his style closely (cf. Treasury 4, no. 500), as he did so often in his career, straying from the master's original version only in the nuances of personal style. For another example of this same subject painted very much in Zhou's style, see Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, no. 433.

    We have no positive identification of Zhonglin. There is a man who used this courtesy name and became a famous Shanghai calligrapher after the fall of the dynasty: Li Ruiqing (1867 – 1920). He obtained his jinshi degree in 1895 but left Beijing in 1899 to go to Yunnan with his father. He could well be our man, but it must be stressed that there were many other men, less well documented, who also used the name Zhonglin.

    炭晶內畫草石蟲魚鼻煙壺

    淡棕色水晶、墨、水彩;平唇, 平斂底突出圈足,圈足底全面接觸地面; 內畫通體池塘景色,題日﹕"己亥榴月寫,應仲麟二兄大人清玩,葉仲三作", 以白文"畫印"篆印結尾
    葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋, 1899年農曆五月
    高﹕ 5.35 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.47/1.50 及 1.45 厘米 (橢圓形)
    蓋﹕ 翡翠;乙烯基座

    狀態敘述: 壺﹕唇內沿呈一群小咬痕,圈內壁有半磨平的缺口。內畫﹕某色呈微乎其微的退色

    來源:
    Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 330
    Treasury 4, 編號 520

    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
    倫敦佳士得,1999年

    葉仲三這件鼻煙壺是模仿周樂元的﹕比較 Treasury 4, 編號 500 和 Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, 編號 433。

    用仲麟這個表字的人不少。可確定1899 在北京的有李瑞清 (1867 – 1920) ,字仲麟,辛亥革命以後成為上海有名的書法家。1895年成進士,1899 離開北京前往雲南。但我們無把他和本壺或葉仲三聯係。
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