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Lot 82

 
 

Lot 82
Treasury 4, no. 520 (‘Ye Zhongsan’s Honourable Emulation’)
HK$50,000

An inside-painted ‘insect and minnow’ snuff bottle

Pale brown crystal, ink, and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed flat foot surrounded by a protruding flat footrim; painted with a continuous subject of a dragonfly and a cicada flying above a grass-covered rocky outcrop on which a katydid and a grasshopper crawl, with a group of five minnows swimming in a pond beside which a cabbage grows, inscribed in draft script ‘Executed by Ye Zhongsan in the fifth month of the year jihai for the pure enjoyment of Zhonglin, the honourable second elder brother’, followed by one seal of the artist, huayin (‘painting seal’), in negative seal script
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, fifth month, 1899
Height: 5.35 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.47/1.50 and 1.45 cm (oval)
Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

Provenance:
Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

Published:
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 330
Treasury 4, no. 520

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

Here, Ye has copied Zhou Leyuan’s subject and his style closely (cf. Treasury 4, no. 500), as he did so often in his career, straying from the master’s original version only in the nuances of personal style. For another example of this same subject painted very much in Zhou’s style, see Moss, Graham, and Tsang 1993, no. 433.

We have no positive identification of Zhonglin. There is a man who used this courtesy name and became a famous Shanghai calligrapher after the fall of the dynasty: Li Ruiqing (1867 – 1920). He obtained his jinshi degree in 1895 but left Beijing in 1899 to go to Yunnan with his father. He could well be our man, but it must be stressed that there were many other men, less well documented, who also used the name Zhonglin.

 

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