Two inside-painted crystal snuff bottles One bottle signed Meng Zishou, cyclically dated gengxu year (AD 1910); the other signed Shouben, cyclically dated jiachen year (AD 1904)
Lot 187
Two inside-painted crystal snuff bottles One bottle signed Meng Zishou, cyclically dated gengxu year (AD 1910); the other signed Shouben, cyclically dated jiachen year (AD 1904)
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,500 - 9,800
amended

Lot Details
Two inside-painted crystal snuff bottles
One bottle signed Meng Zishou, cyclically dated gengxu year (AD 1910); the other signed Shouben, cyclically dated jiachen year (AD 1904)
The flattened circular bottle vividly painted with a carp surrounded by red and black fan-tailed goldfish among aquatic plants, the reverse in a similar setting, inscribed at the top left, tourmaline stopper with a pearl finial, 5.4cm (2in) high; the other finely depicted with an elegant spotted deer turning its head to the right, standing beside stalks of bamboo, the reverse with an ox standing on a river bank surrounded by a mountainous landscape, 5.9cm (2 1/3in) high.
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Footnotes

  • 水晶內畫鼻煙壺兩件
    孟子受,1910年作;守本,1904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

    Meng Zishou is a talented artist and reputed for his portrait painting as well as various other subjects.
    The subject of fan-tailed fish is a popular theme in snuff bottle painting, which symbolises abundance.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that one bottle signed Meng Zishou, cyclically dated gengxu year (AD 1910); the other signed Shouben, cyclically dated jiachen year (AD 1964).
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