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Lot 33
Treasury 4, no.574 (‘A Horse in Winter’)
HK$43,750

An inside-painted glass 'auspicious objects' snuff bottle

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted on one main side with a horse standing beneath a bare tree on the bank of a river in a winter landscape, on the other main side with a group of auspicious objects, inscribed in draft script ‘In the ninth month of the year gengzi, Gui Xianggu followed the general concept of Bada shanren’, with two token seals
Gui Xianggu, Beijing, ninth month, 1900
Height: 6.13 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.69/1.87 cm
Stopper: aquamarine; vinyl collar

Provenance:
Hugh Moss (1985)

Published:
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 361
Treasury 4, no.574

Exhibited:
Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum, Singapore, November 1994–February 1995
Christie’s, London, 1999

A still life of auspicious objects was a subject Gui Xianggu painted a number of times and obviously borrowed from Zhou Leyuan, who painted it so often that none of his followers would have been unaware of it. As always, however, Gui’s is a distinctive version with considerable individual merit and his characteristic palette of colours. Here, the brick-orange is missing, but his typical purple colour still dominates the still life, although it is absent from the other side, which is unusual.

Bada shanren, the artist cited as the inspiration for this painting (although it was almost certainly inspired by Zhou Leyuan rather than Bada shanren), is Zhu Da (1624–1705), the famous early Qing dynasty monk-painter.

 

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