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The Meriem Collection. Lot 604

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A RARE INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
SIGNED LIU BAOJUN, DATED TO THE JIACHEN YEAR, CORRESPONDING TO 1904
Of rounded-rectangular form with concave lip and recessed convex foot surrounded
by a footrim, painted with a continuous scene of a pheasant standing on one foot beside
the slender trunk of a tree entwined with a wisteria vine, its drooping clusters of flowers
(racemes) pendent from the leafy branch which continues on the reverse above an
ornamental rock, inscribed in draft script “Painted in the jiachen year by Liu Baojun,”
with the seal jun, glass stopper with silver collar
6.5 cm. high
$12,000-18,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Hong Kong, 2 November 1978, lot 103.
Hugh Moss Ltd.
E X H I B I T E D :
Canadian Craft Museum, Vancouver, 1992.

Liu Baojun seems to have been a scholar-artist who was not a prolific painter. There are only seven
known inside-painted bottles by his hand, all dated to either 1904 (six examples) or 1907 (one
example). Three of the known examples are in the Meriem collection, and are the most impressive
of them all.

See B. Stevens, The Collector’s Book of Snuff Bottles, no. 831, for an example by Liu with birds in
flight.
1904

The Meriem Collection. Lot 604

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