An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)

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Lot 157
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)

Sold for HK$ 1,160,000 (US$ 149,640) inc. premium
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
6.3cm high.

Footnotes

  • Treasury 4, no. 531

    水晶內畫達壽肖像鼻煙壺
    壺﹕1760~1908
    內畫﹕葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋,1908年

    An inside-painted portrait snuff bottle

    Flawless crystal, ink, and watercolours; with a slightly concave lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted on one main side with a portrait of what has been tentatively identified as Dashou, the Minister of Dependencies, in court regalia, the other main side with a landscape scene, inscribed in draft script, 'Painted by Ye Zhongsan at the capital in the second month of autumn in the year wushen', with one seal of the artist, yin ('seal'), in negative seal script
    Bottle: 1760–1908
    Painting: Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, mid-autumn, 1908
    Height: 6.3 cm
    Mouth/lip: 0.60/1.71 cm
    Stopper: coral; gilt bronze collar

    Condition:
    Miniscule, insignificant nibble to inner and outer lip. Painting in studio condition

    Provenance:
    J. E. G. Byman
    Sotheby's, London, 24 June 1975, lot 329 and colour frontispiece
    Janos Szekeres
    Sotheby's, New York, 27 October 1986, lot 227

    Published:
    Sotheby's Art at Auction, 1974–75, p. 392
    Curtis 1980, colour frontispiece and p. 101, fig. 145
    JICSBS, Autumn 1982, p. 45, fig. 125a
    JICSBS, Autumn 1986, p. 1
    JICSBS, Winter 1986, p. 33
    Sotheby's Art at Auction, 1986–87, p. 380
    Kleiner 1987, no. 277
    Illustrated London News, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Orient Express Magazine, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Prestige, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 331
    Kleiner 1995, no. 408
    Treasury 4, no. 531

    Exhibited:
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, October 1987
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, Vienna, May–June 1993
    Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
    National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
    British Museum, London, June–November 1995
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997
    Christie's, London, 1999

    This is one of Ye's extremely rare portraits. The face exhibits a skill equal to Ma Shaoxuan's, and it is a mystery why Ye did not take advantage of such skill as a portraitist. It is unquestionably one of his masterpieces, quite apart from being a unique subject for him.

    Emily Byrne Curtis tentatively identified this individual as Dashou (1879 – 1939), a Manchu official who in August 1908 had just returned from Japan with a report to the court on the status of constitutional government in that country. The photograph of Dashou she provides and others we have seen show definite similarities in the eyebrows and mouth, but we have not yet found the model for Ye's portrait.

    水晶內畫大臣肖像鼻煙壺

    無瑕 水晶、墨、水彩;微凹唇,平斂底,突出圈足,圈足底為一圓棱;一正面內繪達壽肖像,另一面內畫山水圖,題曰﹕"戊申仲秋寫於京師,葉仲三",後落白文"印"一印
    壺﹕1760–1908
    內畫﹕葉仲三,北京崇文區杏林齋, 1908年農曆八月
    高﹕ 6.3 厘米
    口徑/唇徑: 0.60/1.71 厘米
    蓋﹕ 珊瑚; 鎏金青銅座

    狀態敘述:唇內外各呈微乎其微的咬痕。內畫﹕出齋狀態

    來源:
    J. E. G. Byman
    倫敦蘇富比,1975年6月24日,拍賣品號 329 和色彩卷首插圖
    Janos Szekeres
    紐約蘇富比,1986年10月27日,拍賣品號 227

    文獻﹕
    Sotheby's Art at Auction, 1974–75, p. 392
    Curtis 1980, colour frontispiece and p. 101, 圖 145
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1982秋期, 頁 45, 圖 125a
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, 1986秋期, 頁 1
    《國際中國鼻煙壺協會的學術期刊》, Winter 1986, p. 33
    Sotheby's Art at Auction, 1986–87, p. 380
    Kleiner 1987, 編號 277
    Illustrated London News, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Orient Express Magazine, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Prestige, Summer 1990, p. 49
    Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, 編號 331
    Kleiner 1995, 編號 408
    Treasury 4, 編號 531

    展覽﹕
    Sydney L. Moss Ltd.,倫敦,1987年10月
    Galeries Lafayette, Paris, April 1990
    Creditanstalt, 維也納, 1993年5月~6月
    香港藝術館,1994年3月~6月
    National Museum of Singapore,1994年11月~1995年2月
    大英博物館, 1995年6月~11月
    Israel Museum, 耶路撒冷,1997年7月~月11月
    倫敦佳士得,1999年

    葉仲三畫的肖像寥寥無幾 。他顯然是肖像能手,可是他沒有充分發揮他的才能,真莫名其妙。

    艾米莉.比爾內.科蒂絲 曾試驗性地指認本壺畫的是達壽 (1879 – 1939)。 據《清實錄》1907年"學部右侍郎 達壽充出使日本國考察憲政大臣。"翌年,他回國後,"調學部右侍郎 達壽為理藩部左侍郎,實授寶熙學部右侍郎。"葉仲三所依據的照片尚未找到,但本壺畫的人和已知的遧壽照片,眼睛和嘴唇很像。
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
An inside-painted crystal 'portrait of Dashou' snuff bottle Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, dated 1908 (the bottle: 1760–1908)
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