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The Meriem Collection. Lot 694

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**AN IRON-RED-DECORATED PORCELAIN SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, JINGDE ZHEN KILNS, DAOGUANG FOUR-CHARACTER MARK IN IRON-RED SEAL SCRIPT AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
Each side decorated in iron-red with Zhong Kui, on one main side the bearded, wild eyed
“Demon Queller” is shown dressed as a warrior and carrying a sheathed sword, on
the other main side he is shown dressed as a scholar and holding a closed folding-fan in
his right hand, the recessed foot inscribed with a four-character mark in seal script
reading Daoguang nian zhi (Made in the Daoguang period), coral stopper with turquoise
collar
6.7 cm. high
$4,000-6,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Sidney Hoare.

Zhong Kui was one of the most popular mythological subjects in China. According to legend,
he appeared to the Tang Emperor Minghuang in a dream, promising to protect the Emperor from
demons. Upon successfully exorcizing the demons, the Emperor ordered the famous painter, Wu
Daozi, to paint his dream, and had the image of the demon-queller reproduced and distributed all
over the realm to ward off evil spirits.

It is this image of Zhong Kui bearing his sword that is seen on many works of art, including snuff
bottles. See another iron-red-decorated porcelain example in the collection of the Marquess of
Exeter, illustrated by Hugh Moss, Chinese Snuff Bottles No. 6, p. 31, C. 11, which bears a very
similar depiction of Zhong Kui; and a second example illustrated in The Au Hang Collection of
Chinese Snuff Bottles, p. 202-3, no. 273.

The Meriem Collection. Lot 694

Hugh Moss |