An inside-painted glass 'ducks and aquatic plants' snuff bottle
Yan Yutian, dated 1918 Of compressed rectangular form with gently curved shoulders surmounted by a slightly flared cylindrical neck, the interior finely painted with a continuous scene of three ducks splashing around and three additional birds resting in a lotus pond. 6.1cm high.
Yan Yutian (active 1894-1919), is believed to be a Manchu, but little is known of his life. His painting style, however, was very distinguished, drawing without contour line.. For another inside-painted 'ducks in aquatic scene' snuff bottle by Yan, see Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.4, Inside-Painted, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.468-469, no.617.
閻玉田(活躍於1894-1919)，傳滿洲人，現今的資料對其生平不詳，但其個人風格鮮明，多以沒骨法繪畫，書法比較弱，其他通景畫荷塘水鴨鼻煙壺例子可參考莫士撝, Victor Graham 及曾嘉寶著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection 》，第4冊，第二部份，頁468-469，編號617。
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