An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897
Lot 91
An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897
Sold for HK$ 47,500 (US$ 6,128) inc. premium

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An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897 An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897 An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897 An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897 An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897
An inside-painted glass 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle
Sun Xingwu, Beijing, dated 1897
6.39cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 567

    玻璃內畫鍾馗嫁妹圖鼻煙壺
    孫星五,北京,1897年作

    An inside-painted 'Zhong Kui' snuff bottle

    Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted with a continuous design of Zhong Kui riding a donkey in the sky, preceded by a red bat, and with two demon-attendants, one carrying a pot of blossoming prunus on his shoulder, the other a pole across his shoulders supporting Zhong Kui's other belongings, including a small trunk, his sword, a qin wrapped in a brocade cloth, and a basket, set on a bank of formalized clouds which obscure the grassy ground beneath, while his sister is pushed in a wheeled carriage with a canopy by a further demon and another walks beside her holding a lantern, also set on clouds above a grassy ground with a mountain range beyond, inscribed in draft script 'Executed by Sun Xingwu during the last ten days of the seventh month, in the autumn of the year dingyou for the pure enjoyment of Zhensheng, the honourable elder brother,' with one seal of the artist, yin ('seal'), in positive seal script
    Sun Xingwu, Beijing, end of the seventh month, 1897
    Height: 6.39 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.71/1.74 cm
    Stopper: jadeite; bronze collar (once gilt)

    Condition: Bottle: miniscule nibbles to the inner foot rim; surface scratches from wear. Painting: studio condition, backed by some remaining snuff

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, London, 24 April 1989, lot 384

    Published:
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 353
    Treasury 4, no. 567

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

    The legend of Zhong Kui began, as so many legends did, with a human who was deified after his death (see under Sale 4, lot 79). In one embellishment of the story, after his death he had his sister marry the man who had been his old benefactor, as well as seeing that she was taken care of while he was away. Here she is shown in her wedding procession, being accompanied by her brother and demon-attendants. On a subtler level, the theme 'Zhong Kui marrying off his sister' (Zhong Kui jiamei) can also be interpreted as a visual pun for the term jiamei ('to be rid of evil spirits'). Such a design conveys the desire for smooth sailing in daily life.

    For other works by Sun Xingwu, see the commentary on this bottle in Treasury 4.

    玻璃內畫 鍾馗嫁妹圖 鼻煙壺

    玻璃,墨,水彩;; 凹唇, 凸斂底,突出圈足,圈足底為一圓棱; 內畫通體鍾馗嫁妹圖 ,題曰"歲次丁酉秋七月下浣以應振聲大兄大人清玩,孫星五作",後加朱文 "印"一篆印
    孫星五,北京,1897 年農曆七月下旬
    高﹕ 6.39 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.71/1.74 厘米
    蓋﹕ 翡翠; 青銅座 (曾鎏金)

    狀態敘述:壺﹕圈足內壁有微乎其微的咬痕,表面呈刮痕。內畫﹕出齋狀態,有殘留的鼻煙

    來源:
    倫敦蘇富比, 1989年4月24日,拍賣品號 384

    文獻﹕
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 353
    Treasury 4, 編號 567

    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

    孫星五其他作品,參閱本壺 Treasury 4 中的說明。
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