An incised white glass 'Preface to the Feast in the Peach and Plum Garden on a Spring Night' snuff bottle The bottle possibly Yuanhu, Zhejiang province, circa 1902-1903, signed Zhou Honglai

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An incised white glass 'Preface to the Feast in the Peach and Plum Garden on a Spring Night' snuff bottle
The bottle possibly Yuanhu, Zhejiang province, circa 1902-1903, signed Zhou Honglai

Sold for HK$ 250,000 (US$ 32,029) inc. premium
An incised white glass 'Preface to the Feast in the Peach and Plum Garden on a Spring Night' snuff bottle
The bottle possibly Yuanhu, Zhejiang province, circa 1902-1903, signed Zhou Honglai
Of flattened heart-shaped form rising to a conical flaring neck, one side lightly incised with a landscape scene of a traveller on a sampan, the reverse further incised with a complete poem in miniature kaishu script.
6.1cm high.

Footnotes

  • 約1902-1903 或浙江鴛湖製 周鴻來刻 白玻璃刻《春夜宴從弟桃李園序》鼻煙壺

    The carefully-incised poem is entitled 'Preface to the Feast in Peach and Plum Garden on a Spring Night', composed by the famous Tang Dynasty poet, Li Bai.

    The poem reads and translates as:

    夫天地者,萬物之逆旅。
    光陰者,百代之過客。
    而浮生若夢,為歡幾何?
    古人秉燭夜游,良有以也。
    況陽春召我以煙景,大塊假我以文章。
    會桃李之芳園,序天倫之樂事。
    群季俊秀,皆為惠連;
    吾人詠歌,獨慚康樂。
    幽賞未已,高談轉清。
    開瓊筵以坐花,飛羽觴而醉月。
    不有佳作,何伸雅懷?
    如詩不成,罰依金谷酒數。

    The universe is a temporary inn for all living things.
    Time is the transit visitors over the span of one hundred generations.
    This drifting life is like a dream. There is too little time to enjoy the pleasure of living.
    Thus, it was quite appropriate for ancient people to, with candlelight in hand, roam at night.
    Now, the sunny spring draws my attention to the misty and beautiful scenes. The great earth inspires me to come up with ideas for my writings.
    Today we are so happy to gather in this fragrant garden of peach and plum trees. What a joy to recount the fun events in our family!
    You, my younger brothers, are so talented and gifted that you remind me of Weilian.
    But in chanting poetry, I alone feel ashamed for not being on a par with Ling Yun.
    Before we are through with sightseeing, we change the subject of conversation from talking freely to more elegant topics.
    In the midst of blooming flowers, we hold our dainty feast. In moonlight, we pass our wine cups swiftly, from seat to seat, until we all feel tipsy.
    If we don't compose a good poem for the occasion, how can we elegantly express our feelings?
    Anyone who fails to come up with a poem will be fined the number of drinks as agreed upon at Jin Gu Yuan.

    A closely related incised white glass snuff bottle also by Zhou Honglai, formerly in the Mary and George Bloch collection, illustrated by V. Graham, H. Moss and G. Tsang, was sold in these rooms, 25 May 2011, lot 8.
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An incised white glass 'Preface to the Feast in the Peach and Plum Garden on a Spring Night' snuff bottle The bottle possibly Yuanhu, Zhejiang province, circa 1902-1903, signed Zhou Honglai
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