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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part VIII  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 26 May 2014: Lot 1085 

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Lot 1085
Treasury 6, no. 1369 (‘Homage to Zhiting’)

Caramel-brown glaze on porcelain; with a flat lip and flat foot; carved with a continuous rocky landscape scene with two flowering prunus trees, two wutong or maple trees, lingzhi, and a mountain stream falling down the left side of one main side, with a scholar standing on the centre right and clasping his raised hands before him in a greeting directed up toward or past a smaller figure who stands, robe blowing and feet concealed by two flowers, in the space above a horse drinking from a stream between the waterfall and the scholar, the small figure possibly returning the greeting with his back turned to another scholar, who reclines against rocks above the waterfall and looks away from the entire scene, turning to hold his left hand in the centre of the narrow side and over the top of the waterfall, above and to the left of which sits a small monkey on a rock, holding what appears to be a winged insect as he looks down on the other main side, where two bees fly in a tight circle in the air between the small monkey and a larger one sitting at the opposite, lower-left corner of the scene, with another small monkey at its knee and gazing up to the flying insects or the monkey perched beyond them; all exterior surfaces glazed; the interior unglazed
Jingdezhen, 1820–1860
Height: 5.53 cm
Mouth/lip: 0.70/1.90 and 1.72 cm. (oval)
Stopper: carnelian; silver collar

Private English collection
Robert Kleiner (1992)

JICSBS, Autumn 1992, p. 33
Kleiner, Yang, and Shangraw 1994, no. 194
Treasury 6, no. 1369

Hong Kong Museum of Art, March–June 1994
National Museum of Singapore, November 1994–February 1995

As Kleiner pointed out , this remarkable snuff bottle is a porcelain copy of an agate bottle of the Suzhou Zhiting School (see Sale 1, lots 14, 25 , and 55; Sale 2, lots 31 and 78; Sale 3, lot 59; Sale 4, lots 5 and 101; Sale 6, lots 128 and 186; and Sale 7, lot 25.) The copy is so exacting that the carver’s own style is all but lost. We gain no clue to his identify from the unglazed interior and the caramel-brown glaze, for neither of these was specific to any particular artist, although Wang Bingrong remains a possibility.


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