An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu
Lot 100
An inside-painted glass 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu, circa 1897-1903
Sold for HK$ 20,000 (US$ 2,580) inc. premium

Lot Details
An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu An inside-painted rock-crystal 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle Bi Rongjiu
An inside-painted glass 'figure in landscape' snuff bottle
Bi Rongjiu, circa 1897-1903
Of rectangular form, the interior painted with scenes of figures in landscapes, one side with three passengers cruising and enjoying the view on a sampan, the reverse with two travellers amongst a wispy mountainscape, the front with kaishu inscriptions, signature and three painted seal marks of the artist.
8.4cm high.

Footnotes

  • Bi Rongjiu (1874-1925), established the Shandong School after training in Beijing. After 1897, his personal style on landscape painting became sophisticated. His early paintings were mostly inspired by Zhou Leyuan and Ma Shaoxuan.

    The inscription reads and translates as "presenting to Yun'an with honour, by Bi Rongjiu". Xu Yingkui (1830-1903) from Panyu, Guangdong province, was an historical figure named Yun'an, a politician holding the high profile position of the Viceroy of Min Zhe. In 1898, Li Hongzhang (1823-1901) and Xu Yingkui signed 'The Convention between Great Britain and China Respecting an Extension of Hong Kong Territory' with the British government, which ultimately resulted in the lease of the New Territories for ninety-nine years to Britain.

    約1897-1903 畢榮九 玻璃內畫月下泛舟圖鼻煙壺

    壺呈長方扁瓶形,束頸滑肩,橢圓形圈足。一面繪畫了文人在月下泛舟,湖上長滿蘆葦,峭壁松樹橫生,一飛鶴天上飛過,引起了文人的注意,上題「筠菴先生清鑒,畢九榮作。」,畫三未可辨識之印。另一面繪畫了高山雲煙,小橋流水,樹木茂密,童子為一文人指路,跟隨文人的衣服顏色,相信是其一位泛舟的文人。整體構圖嚴謹,山石層層緊拘,皴法細碎,明顯勾勒線,黑白對比鮮明,是一件用心傑作。

    畢榮九(1874-1925),山東內畫派的始祖,曾有說法指他到北京訪師,1897年以後創立了具個人風格的山水畫畫法,早期作品多受周樂元、馬少宣啟發。

    歷史上字筠菴的名人有許應騤(1830-1903),字筠菴,廣東番禺人。清朝政治人物,官至閩浙總督,曾於光緒二十四年四月,同李鴻章等人與英國駐華公使簽訂《展拓香港界址專條》,把九龍以北深圳河以南的土地租借予英國,為期99年。
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