Liu Shouben snuff bottles from a private Australian collection (lots 243-248)
An inside-painted crystal 'figures on horseback' snuff bottle
Liu Shouben, dated 1996 The wide teardrop shape body with a charging rider on horseback armed with a spear, the other side of the Qianlong Emperor in full ceremonial armour on horseback. 6.1cm high.
Provenance 來源: Y.F. Yang & Co., Hong Kong
Both figures are painted in homage to the artworks of the Qing court artist Giuseppe Castiglione. The rider holding a spear is Ayusi, the famous cavalry leader of the Qianlong period whom quelled the Zunghar rebellion. The inscription translates 'Ayusi assaulting the enemy with a spear, made by Liu Shouben, the finest of the Jing class, spring of 'bingzi' year (1996)', followed by a seal of the artist.
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