A rare inside-painted glass 'horse' snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, cyclically dated guimao year (AD1903)
Lot 181
A rare inside-painted glass 'horse' snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, cyclically dated guimao year (AD1903)
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 14,000 - 20,000
Auction Details
A rare inside-painted glass 'horse' snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, cyclically dated guimao year (AD1903)
Lot Details
A rare inside-painted glass 'horse' snuff bottle
Ding Erzhong, cyclically dated guimao year (AD1903)
The flattened ovoid bottle delicately painted with two elegant steeds in white and black colour, gazing past an old gnarled tree at a distant horizon on the right, the other side boldly painted with a rock sculpture, vases containing blossoming flowers and a tripod censer with calamus, inscribed at the top left on each side, carnelian stopper with metal collar.
6.2cm (2½in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 玻璃內畫雙駿圖鼻煙壺
    丁二仲,1903年作

    Provenance: A European private collection and thence by descent

    來源:歐洲私人收藏,並由家族繼承下去

    Illustrated: H.M.Moss, Snuff Bottles of China, London, 1971, p.145, pl.394, where the author notes that the collection was formed mostly between 1960 and 1966.

    著錄:H.M.Moss著,《Snuff Bottles of China》,倫敦,1971年,頁145,編號394,此收藏系列主要於1960至1966年間組成

    Ding Erzhong (1865-1935) is one of the greatest acknowledged artists of snuff bottle painting in the late Qing Dynasty, achieving a reputation parallel to the masterly Zhou Leyuan (active 1882-1893). Further to painting on snuff bottles, Ding Erzhong was recognised for his skills in painting, calligraphy, carving on stones and organic materials. An exquisite example of an inside-painted 'Buddhist lion and dragon' snuff bottle by Ding Erzhong was sold in our Hong Kong rooms on 24 November 2012, The Paul Braga Collection of Snuff Bottles, lot 15.

    The horse is an auspicious motif that represents peace, nobility and wealth. It is more common to find a figure riding the horse in Ding's snuff bottle examples, rather than the present lot of two horses, see an example in the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by H.Moss, V.Graham, K.B.Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection, Vol. 4, Inside Painted, Hong Kong, 2000, p.321, no.558.

    The auspicious objects on the other side of the present bottle is a typical subject for Ding's work; compare a related example from the Mary and George Bloch Collection, ibid., p.323, no.559.
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