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photographer E-Yaji.
The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part V  
Bonham's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2012: Lot 75 

Lot 75


Lot 75
Treasury 4, no. 475 (‘Fertile Insects’)

An inside-painted ‘insects and rocks’ snuff bottle

Glass, ink, and watercolours; with a slightly concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded by a protruding rounded footrim; painted on one main side with a grasshopper and a bee beside a jagged rock growing with foliage and flowers, and on the other main side with auspicious objects (a natural rock sculpture, a vase with ring handles containing flowering prunus branches, a jardinière with calamus, and a tripod water vessel with a spoon in it), inscribed in draft script ‘[Executed] in the autumn of the year dinghai [by] Zhou Leyuan,’ with one illegible seal of the artist
Zhou Leyuan, The Studio of Lotus-root Fragrance, Xuannan, Beijing, autumn, 1887
Height: 5.95 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.55/1.58 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; vinyl collar

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 6 April 1972, lot 260
Marty Klinger
Hugh M. Moss Ltd. (1985)

Treasury 4, no. 475

Christie’s, London, 1999

The years 1887 through 1890 represent Zhou’s own Blue Period. This does not mean that he entirely abandoned the use of green during this period, but it is characterized by the extensive use of blue. Thereafter, there was a more even balance between his use of green and blue for foliage, including the ground-cover on distant hills and mountains. On the side with auspicious objects, even the vase is a pale blue colour, while the calamus grass, green in real life, is emphatically blue. On the other main side, the grasshopper and foliage are in a similar colour, despite the fact that a grasshopper is not blue in real life. Zhou returned, although not exclusively, to green foliage after 1890, but to the end of his career he interspersed the more standard green landscapes with those in a blue palette, often mixing the two.


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