An inside-painted glass 'equestrian hunters' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, dated 1904 The body of compressed rectangular form with slightly rounded shoulders, the interior painted with a continuous scene of three equestrian hunters in pursuit of a deer in flight, the top with kaishu inscriptions, signature and painted seal mark of the artist. 5.9cm high.
Exhibited: Chinese Snuff Bottles, jointly presented by Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors Study Group and the Urban Council, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 15 October to 26 November 1977
Illustrated: Paul Braga, Hong Kong Chinese Snuff Bottle Collectors, Arts of Asia, November-December 1976, p.84 Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.115, pl.282
As expounded by the authors in Moss, Graham and Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol.4, Inside-Painted, Hong Kong, 2000, pp.532-533, no.645, Ye Zhongsan's sons joined Ye's workshop no earlier than 1912. Thus, it is generally held that snuff bottles dated before 1912 were painted by Ye Zhongsan himself.
根據莫士撝1974年的訪問，葉仲三的三位兒子最早在1912年才加入幫助畫內畫鼻煙壺，故一般認為，在1912年以前畫的鼻煙壺應是出自葉仲三本人之手，而本壺便是其中一例。有關葉氏家族的畫內畫的情況，可參閱莫士撝, 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，香港，2000年，頁532-533，編號645。
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