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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VI  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 27 May 2013: Lot 118 

Lot 118

Lot 118
Treasury 4, no. 653 (‘Scholars at Leisure in the Realm of the Bottle’)

Transparent agate, ink, and watercolours; with a concave lip and a concave foot surrounded by a flat footrim; painted on one main side with three scholars in a boat being paddled by a boat-boy to view a pine growing from an overhanging cliff, the other main side with four scholars seated on a rocky plateau at the foot of a cliff, inscribed in draft script, ‘Executed by Ye Zhongsan in the second month of the year wuyin,’ with one seal of the artist, yin (‘seal’), in negative seal script
Bottle: 1730–1840
Painting: Ye family, the Apricot Grove Studio, Chongwen district, Beijing, second month, 1938
Height: 5.39 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.78/1.72 cm
Stopper: tourmaline; jadeite collar

Hugh Moss (1985)

JICSBS, Autumn 1984, p. 79, figs. 230 and 230a
Treasury 4, no. 653

Christie's, London, 1999

The bottle here is probably eighteenth century and is very well made. Responding to the material, Ye or one of his two surviving sons created two entirely new subjects for the family studio. On one side is a group of scholars on a boating trip and on the other four more scholars at their leisure in the mountains. The natural markings in the stone have been imaginatively incorporated into the subject and, like the hair crystal of Sale 4, lot 69, we have a bottle that is far more exciting than the sum total of its parts because of the way they have been combined.


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