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The Meriem Collection. Lot 683

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AN INSIDE-PAINTED GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
SIGNED LIU BAOJUN, DATED SPRING IN THE JIACHEN YEAR,
CORRESPONDING TO 1904
Of flattened, rectangular form with a flat lip and recessed convex
foot surrounded by a footrim, one main side painted with
peonies of three different colors and flowering branches growing
around an ornamental rock, the other main side with a strutting
peacock with a partially spread tail, inscribed in draft script
“Composed in the spring of the jiachen year (corresponding to
1904) by Liu Baojun”, with the seal jun, glass stopper with silver
collar
6.2 cm. high
$14,000-20,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Hugh Moss Ltd.

This is the second of the three Liu Baojun inside-painted bottles in the
Meriem Collection, and one of only seven known. Liu seemed to favor
painting birds, and another inside-painted snuff bottle by this artist with
similar subject is illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, The Art of the
Chinese Snuff Bottle. The J & J Collection, p. 728, no. 446.
The “boneless” technique employed is similar to that of another Beijing
artist from the turn of the century, Ziyizi. It was probably inspired by the
early-Qing artist, Yun Shouping, as an alternative to the linear style
which so dominated literati painting at the time.

The peacock is the badge of rank for the third level of the nine grades of
the civil service. The bird is often depicted standing on a rock with one
foot raised as it looks over one shoulder toward the sun.
1904

The Meriem Collection. Lot 683

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