An inside-painted glass snuff bottle Ma Shaoxuan, 1900-1920

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Lot 41
An inside-painted glass snuff bottle
Ma Shaoxuan, 1900-1920

Sold for US$ 9,150 inc. premium
An inside-painted glass snuff bottle
Ma Shaoxuan, 1900-1920
With a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding oval footrim, painted on one main side with a snowy landscape, the reverse with a long inscription, signed 'Ma Shaoxuan', with one seal of the artist 'Shaoxuan' in negative seal script, stopper.
2 3/8in (6.1cm) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 玻璃內畫鼻煙壺
    馬少宣,1900-1920

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Nagatani Ltd., Chicago, 4th August 1949, for $26.25.
    Mrs Avrina Pugh
    Sotheby's New York, 1 April 2005, lot 435

    The inscription is taken from the encomium Lou Shi Ming (Essay on my Humble House), by the Tang dynasty poet Liu Yuxi (772-842)
    The inscription reads:

    山不在髙,有仙則名,水不在深,有龍則靈。斯是陋室,惟吾德馨。 苔痕上階綠,草色入簾青。節錄陋室銘 馬少宣

    It is not the height of the mountains, but the spirits there that give them their fame. It is not the depth of the river, but the dragons there that make it efficacious. This house is humble, yet my noble virtue is fragrant. The steps are green with moss, yet through the bamboo fence a glimpse of the lush green grass is seen.
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