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Lot 80

 
   

Lot 80
Treasury 4, no. 510 (‘Many Sons Beneath the Wutong Tree’)
HK$43,750

An inside-painted ‘playing children’ snuff bottle

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a flat lip and recessed, slightly convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted with a continuous scene of sixteen children playing in a garden near a wutong (paulownia) tree, inscribed in draft script ‘Painted by Ye Zhongsan at the capital in the ninth month of the year bingshen’, with one seal of the artist, huayin (‘painting seal’), in negative seal script
Ye Zhongsan, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, ninth month, 1896
Height: 5.95 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.62/1.68 cm
Stopper: jadeite; vinyl collar

Provenance:
Sotheby’s, New York, 15 March 1984, lot 202

Published:
Kleiner 1995, no. 402
Treasury 4, no. 510

Exhibited:
British Museum, London, June–November 1995
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, July–November 1997
Christie’s, London, 1999

Although a debt to Zhou can still be seen in this painting in the rocky fringe to the garden playground and the trunk of the wutong tree, this has been absorbed into Ye’s own, distinctive style. 1895 had seen the emergence of Ye as an independent artist of considerable merit and the introduction of a range of subjects that were his own.

This is one of Ye’s unusual crystal-bright glass bottles from the mid-1890s. It has an extremely well-carved foot and footrim that could easily be mistaken for the work of a crystal carver.

 

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