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.
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.
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