An inside-painted rock-crystal 'landscape' snuff bottle
Attributed to Gan Xuanwen, circa 1796-1850 The rectangular shaped body with slightly slanted shoulders rising to a cylindrical neck, the interior finely painted with a figure in contemplation amidst a traditional landscape scene, the reverse inscribed in kaishu with a poem describing the landscape. 5.3cm 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.85 Chinese Snuff Bottles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, p.111, pl.269
For another inside-painted 'landscape' snuff bottle with similar calligraphy, signed by the artist, see the example 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.64-65, no.454.
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