An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906
Lot 8005
An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906
Sold for US$ 80,500 inc. premium
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An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906 An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906 An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906 An inside painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong, dated 1906
Lot Details
An inside painted glass snuff bottle
Ding Erzhong, dated 1906
Of upright rectangular form with sloping shoulders, a tapering neck and resting on a rounded splayed foot rim surrounding a convex foot, one face of the interior of the bottle painted with turnips, cabbage, lingzhi, a taihu stone and prunus blossom, with a long inscription by the artist, dated Guangxu bingwu (1906) on the Buddha's birthday, the artist citing Chen Chun (1483-1544) as his inspiration, signed Ding Erzhong at the Mountain Cottage of Seventeen Plum Trees, followed by a painted seal of the artist, the other side of interior of the bottle with two calligraphic passages, one imitating an ink rubbing, the other in clerical script of a portion of the Eastern Han dynasty Chen Taiqiu stele, both calligraphic vignettes above an ink pine inscribed with an inscription that states the painting was done in the Song dynasty style, signed Zhong, with one painted seal.
2 3/8in (6.1cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Mr. Ma, Hong Kong, 1955

    Illustrated:
    The International Chinese Snuff Bottle Society, Journal, September, 1979, cover.

    Ding Erzhong is the sobriquet of Ding Shangyu, a Qing dynasty scholar official from Tongzhou in Jiangsu province, who was also a calligrapher, seal carver, painter and master of inside-painted snuff bottles. In addition to finding inspiration from Song, Ming and Qing paintings, Ding Erzhong would also rely on the roots of early Chinese calligraphy to adorn his bottles. This bottle notes several influences in both painting and calligraphy, with a Ming artist the inspiration for the front composition and the Song dynasty paintings for the pine on the reverse. In the fashion of the waning years of the Qing dynasty, ancient calligraphic aesthetics are also present, a product of the epigraphy movement of the 18th and 19th centuries. Two similar bottles by Ding Erzhong dated 1904 that also show the pine, calligraphy and rubbing are illustrated in Bob Steven's The Collector's Book of Snuff Bottles nos. 883, 884.
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