An inside-painted glass 'boys playing crickets' snuff bottle
Ma Shaoxuan, dated 1904 Elegantly painted to the interior with three mischievous young boys playing with crickets, beneath a series of kaishu inscriptions and a painted seal mark of the artist, the reverse with further kaishu inscriptions with the signature and painted seal mark of the artist. 6.2cm high.
Illustrated: Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, p.84
The inscription is an excerpt from the 'Lanting Preface', written by Wang Xizhi (c.303-361 or 321-379), which recorded the elegant gathering of Wang and his friends at the orchid pavilion in Shanyin (Shaoxing, Zhejiang province) on the third day of the third month, c.352.
Wang's calligraphic style is recognised as the traditional paragon of Chinese calligraphy. 'Lanting Preface' has always been revered as one of the greatest examples to calligraphers, who also heavily inspired Ma. Ma studied and learned Wang's calligraphy style his entire life and also proudly taught younger generations.
A similar snuff bottle with the same excerpt from the 'Lanting Preface' by Ma Shaoxuan in the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.4, Inside-Painted, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.400-401, no.590, was sold in these rooms, 28 November 2011, lot 49.
1904年 馬少宣 玻璃內畫嬰戲蟋蟀圖鼻煙壺
出版: Paul Braga, 《Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors》, Arts of Asia, 1976年11-12月, 頁84
王羲之書法一直為中國書法中的傳統典範，而其傑作《蘭亭集序》更是書法家的學習對象，馬少宣也不例外。馬氏一直以仿王氏風格為目標，更以此流傳下代模仿，有關此方面的討論，可參閱Moss, Graham及Tsang著，《A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottle》，第4卷，編號590，頁400-401。馬氏其他只書《蘭亭集序》鼻煙壺，可參見香港邦瀚斯，2011年11月28日，瑪麗及莊智博鼻煙壺珍藏：第四部份，拍品編號49。
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