An inside-painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong (1865-1935), cyclically dated to the winter of Jihai, corresponding to 1899 and of the period (2)

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Lot 235
An inside-painted glass snuff bottle
Ding Erzhong (1865-1935), cyclically dated to the winter of Jihai, corresponding to 1899 and of the period

Sold for £ 4,062 (US$ 5,586) inc. premium
An inside-painted glass snuff bottle
Ding Erzhong (1865-1935), cyclically dated to the winter of Jihai, corresponding to 1899 and of the period
Finely painted on one side with two cranes standing on rockwork under a gnarled pine tree amongst grass and flower sprays, inscribed 己亥冬月 二仲寫 Jihai dongyue erzhong xie, which may be translated as 'Erzhong painted in the winter month of the year of Jihai', the other side painted with a pagoda amidst wind-swept trees in a mountainous landscape, inscribed 筱舫觀察大人雅鑒 二仲 庾, which may be translated as 'Erzhong, Yu, for the elegant judgment of Xiaofang, the honourable Surveillance Commissioner', with stopper. 6.1cm (2 3/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 一八九九年 丁二仲作玻璃內畫山水花鳥鼻煙壺

    Provenance: an English private collection, and thence by descent

    來源:英國私人收藏,並由後人保存迄今


    Compare with a very similar inside-painted glass snuff bottle by Ding Erzhong, cyclically dated to 1899 and decorated with the same scenes, illustrated by H.Moss, V.Graham and K.B.Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles: The Mary and George Bloch Collection. Inside Painted, vol.4, part 2, pp.312-313, no.555, where the authors describe the bottle as an example demonstrating Ding at his height and the painting as masterpieces of their subjects. This bottle was later sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 28 May 2010, lot 62.

    Ding Erzhong is the 'zi' name, or 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. He renewed the art form, drawing on Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming paintings as inspiration for his own works, of which no two bottles are ever the same.
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An inside-painted glass snuff bottle Ding Erzhong (1865-1935), cyclically dated to the winter of Jihai, corresponding to 1899 and of the period (2)
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