A carved and inside-painted rock-crystal 'birds and flowers' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, dated 1907 The teardrop-shaped bottle with carved chrysanthemums and plum blossoms on the exterior, the inside elaborately painted with further birds and flowering plants, the front with kaishu inscriptions, signature and painted seal mark of the artist. 6cm high.
Illustrated: Bob Stevens, Snuff Bottles, New York, 1976, p.244, pl.885
The term rooster or cockerel symbolises promotion and reputation, the peony represents the flower of wealth and the paradise flycatcher carries the meaning of longevity, which altogether bear the meaning of promotion, reputation, wealth and longevity. For a similar example by the same artist, see Inkplay in Microcosm : Inside-Painted Chinese Snuff Bottles, The Humphrey K. F. Hui Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Art Museum, Hong Kong, 2002, no.69.
Ye Zhongsan (1869-1945) followed the painting characteristic and subject matter of Zhou Leyuan's inside-painted snuff bottles, also depicted stories from traditional literature story.
1907年 葉仲三 淺浮雕茶晶內畫公雞牡丹綬帶鳥鼻煙壺
出版: Bob Stevens, 《Snuff Bottles》, 紐約, 1976年, 頁244, 圖版885
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